Police arrest teen wanted in Nov. murder

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Samuel Valenzuela By Andrew Michalscheck Samuel Valenzuela By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX – A Valley teen wanted in connection with a murder last November was arrested by Phoenix police this week.

Samuel Valenzuela, 18, was taken into custody Thursday on charges of first-degree murder, armed robbery, and aggravated assault.

Valenzuela is believed to have killed 20-year-old George Nunez on Nov. 25 near 75th Avenue and Thomas Road.

Valenzuela fled the scene, and had been on the run from authorities ever since.

On Thursday, police stopped Valenzuela’s vehicle near 83rd Avenue and McDowell after noticing that it matched the description of a vehicle used in a burglary.

Inside the vehicle authorities allegedly found items from the burglary, and a pistol. Valenzuela’s two brothers, who are also suspects in the burglary, were in the vehicle as well.

Police went on to discover that Valenzuela had a warrant for his arrest for murder, armed robbery, and aggravated assault.

Valenzuela denied committing the burglary, but police said one of his brothers admitted to the crime.

When asked about the murder charge, Valenzuela reportedly asked to see an attorney.