Redacted court paperwork in 'Serial Street Shooter' case released

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Booking photo of Aaron Juan Saucedo, left, and composite sketch of the Serial Street Shooter. (Source: Phoenix Police Department/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Booking photo of Aaron Juan Saucedo, left, and composite sketch of the Serial Street Shooter. (Source: Phoenix Police Department/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

On the orders of a judge, the prosecution in the "Serial Street Shooter" case on Friday filed a redacted version of court paperwork it wanted to keep sealed but the media fought to have released.

The news organizations, including 3TV and CBS 5, collectively argued that they have a right to view a court record in the case against Aaron Juan Saucedo in which investigators are supposed to state the probable cause to back up a criminal charge.

While such documents are typically available to the public after an arrest, a judge sealed the documents in this instance at the request of prosecutors because the case, which has drawn quite a bit of medi attention, is still considered an ongoing investigation.

Judge Scott McCoy said Thursday that prosecutors had to release the documents but could redact certain details about the victims to protect their privacy.

Although they had until Sunday to do so, the prosecution complied with the court order Friday afternoon.

Saucedo was already in custody on a murder charge when police named him as a suspect the "Serial Street Shooter" case. Arrested on April 19, he pleaded not guilty to the murder of Raul Romero on Aug. 17, 2015. It turns out Romero was the boyfriend of Saucedo's mother.

"Although not related to the series of offenses previously listed herein [see below], certain facts, circumstances, and modus operandi present in Raul Romero's homicide were consistent with certain facts, circumstances, and modus operandi in the eleven (11) listed series of offenses."

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The list of charges Saucedo is facing is two pages long in the filing and covers 11 crimes between Aug. 12, 2015 and July 11, 2016.

  1. Aug. 12, 2015 -- 1 count discharging a firearm at a structure, 1 count endangerment
  2. Jan. 1, 2016 -- 1 count first-degree murder, 1 count drive-by shooting
  3. March 17, 2016 -- 1 count attempted first-degree murder, 1 count drive-by shooting, 2 counts aggravated assault
  4. March 18, 2016 -- 1 count attempted first-degree murder, 1 count drive-by shooting, 1 count aggravated assault
  5. April 1, 2016 -- 1 count first-degree murder, 1 count drive-by shooting
  6. April 19, 2016 -- 1 count first-degree murder
  7. June 3, 2016 -- 1 count first-degree murder
  8. June 10, 2016 -- 1 count first-degree murder, 1 count drive-by shooting
  9. June 12, 2016 -- 1 count discharging a firearm at a vehicle, 1 count criminal damage
  10. June 12, 2016 -- 3 counts first-degree murder
  11. July 11, 2016 -- 1 count attempted first-degree murder, 1 county drive-by shooting, 2 counts aggravated assault

Breakdown of charges

  • First-degree murder: 8
  • Attempted first-degree murder: 3
  • Aggravated assault:6
  • Drive-by shooting: 5
  • Firing a gun at a home: 1
  • Firing a gun at a car: 1
  • Endangerment: 1
  • Criminal damage: 1
  • Total charges: 26

According to the newly released court paperwork, Saucedo became a person of interest in the case thanks to two separate tips received by police on Aug. 7 and Aug. 31, 2016.

"The witnesses stated that Aaron Saucedo resembled the suspect composite, Aaron Saucedo recently stopped driving a black BMW [which had been described as the suspect's vehicle], and Aaron Saucedo began growing facial hair that he dod not previously wear," the filing reads. 

Police first talked to Saucedo on Dec. 22. He told the detectives that he had access to a black BMW registered to a member of his family. He also admitted owning a 9-mm handgun that he bought from a pawnshop.

"Aaron Saucedo stated the 9mm [sic] handgun had been stolen from his vehicle prior to the interview, but he had not filed a police report to reflect that handgun theft," according to the filing.

He later filed a burglary report.

The investigation began to move quickly in April as detectives made connections between Saucedo and the purchase of a gun and ammunition from pawn shops. The ammunition was the same brand as casings found at two of the scenes, including the Romero shooting. 

Police also impounded the black BMW to which Saucedo said he had access. The car matched the one seen in video of the last incident attributed to the Serial Stree Shooter. A search of the vehicle turned up a 9-mm casing.

According to court documents, Saucedo admitted driving that car between May and August of 2016.

"Aaron Saucedo's work colleagues observed Aaron Saucedo stop driving his black BMW in August 2016," according to investigators.

It was on Aug. 3, 2016 that police released the information about the black BMW along with the composite sketch of the suspect, which had originally been made public a few weeks earlier.

The crime lab determined that the casing found in the car Saucedo had been driving was fired from the same gun used the last nine crimes of the 11 that are part of the investigation.

After his arrest in the Serial Street Shooter case, Reyes professed his innocence during a brief court appearance at which the judge ordered him held without bail.

Although Saucedo is being held on suspicion of crimes related to the Serial Street Shooting case, he has not been officially charged. That responsibility falls to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.

"A charging decision has not been made," MCAO spokeswoman Amanda Jacinto wrote in an email response to our inquiry.

[PDF: Redacted court paperwork]

The Associated Press contributes to this report.

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