Body found on Phoenix canal bank identified; suspect arrested

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PHOENIX -- Phoenix police have arrested a suspect in the shooting death of a 19-year-old man whose body was found on a canal bank late Tuesday night.

Police said the body was discovered just south of 47th Avenue and Cholla Street shortly before midnight. Detectives were able to identify the victim as Isaiah Orantes.

Detectives have identified the suspect as Robert Patrick Nicolai, 20.

Sgt. Tommy Thompson said it appears that the two men were involved in an illegal drug transaction when Nicolai shot Orantes. 

Nicolai was arrested and booked into the Maricopa County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder.