Phoenix police arrest suspect in '98 murder of teenPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- A transient man was arrested and charged Tuesday with one count of second-degree murder in the death of a juvenile in 1998.
Police arrested 32-year-old Israel Lomeli at his mother’s residence in Phoenix on Wednesday after an informant provided details of Lomeli’s involvement in the murder of 17-year-old Pete Cadriel.
Investigators were unable to identify the body of a man witnesses found in a trash bin located in an alleyway on Aug. 8, 1998. The medical examiner ruled the cause of death to be a shotgun wound.
Evidence was collected at the scene but it was not until 2009 that investigators identified the victim as Pete Cadriel, a teen who was reported missing the same year of his murder.
Police say an information source came forward in February and provided details to the Phoenix Police Department regarding the 1998 murder case.
According to police, the source identified Lomeli as the man who shot Cadriel with a shotgun and “solicited the help from friends and associates to get rid of the body.”
Police say several witnesses were identified and interviewed.
According to police documents, one witness indicated he was contacted by Lomeli the night of the murder and that Lomeli confessed to shooting Cadriel inside his garage.
Police say a witness observed Lomeli cleaning his garage one morning around the same time of the murder. Lomeli approached two witnesses the same morning and requested their help in moving his residential trash can, according to police.
According to police, Lomeli told the men the trash man missed his house and he needed help getting rid of the items inside the trash can which was heavier than normal and required the three men to move it.
Police say the three men loaded the trash can inside a van and left it in the alleyway behind the Brunswick Bowling Alley located at 7241 West Indian School Road in Phoenix.
According to police, Lomeli later confessed to one of the witnesses that Cadriel’s body was inside the trash can they moved.
Court records indicate that police executed a search warrant Tuesday at 7010 West Encanto Boulevard, Lomeli’s residence at the time of the murder.
According to police, investigators used a chemical process to try to identify cleaned blood inside the residence.
Investigators were able to identify indications of cleaned blood in an area along the north wall in the garage as well as the concrete floor. Police say the area was consistent with the cleaned area in the garage described by a witness the morning Lomeli asked him to move the trash can.
Lomeli was arrested Tuesday at his mother’s residence. Police also found a clear plastic baggie that contained methamphetamine.
Lomeli was booked on one count of second-degree murder and one count of dangerous drug possession.
He has denied any knowledge or involvement in the murder and said he thought Cadriel ran away to California.
Click here to see Lomeli's initial court appearance.