Police need help identifying suspect in cold-case murder

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Composite sketch of suspect in the shooting death of Daniel Encinas Jr. By Catherine Holland Composite sketch of suspect in the shooting death of Daniel Encinas Jr. By Catherine Holland

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Glendale Police Department is asking for you help solving a seven-month-old murder mystery.

It happened on the evening of Dec. 5. A shooting was reported at a home in the area of just east of 55th and Colter avenues, which is between Missouri Avenue and Camelback Road, at about 7:30 p.m.

According to Officer Tracey Breeden, Daniel Encinas Sr. and his son, Daniel Encinas Jr., were inside their home when somebody knocked on the door. The father opened the door to an unknown man.

As Encinas Jr. approached the door, the suspect pulled out a handgun and shot him. The suspect then got into an older light-colored Cadillac and drove away before officers could get to the scene.

Encinas Jr., 29, was taken to a local hospital where doctors pronounced him dead. Encinas Sr. was not injured.

Detectives have released a composite sketch of the man they believe shot and killed Encinas Jr. Now they need your help to identify him.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his early 20s. He's about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs in at about 160 pounds. At the time of the shooting, he had a thin mustache.

Police have not released any of information about the man.

While investigators are circulating the sketch of the suspect, they have not said anything about a motive for the deadly shooting nor have they indicated how the suspect might have been acquainted with Encinas Jr. or his father.

If you have any information about what happened that December evening, call the Glendale Police Department at 623-930-3000 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (948-6377), 1-800-343-TIPS (8477) or 480-TESTIGO (837-8446).