2 brothers chased man, stabbed him to death near Phoenix Sky Harbor, police say

Robert Celaya and Gabriel Celaya are now facing murder charges.
Robert Celaya and Gabriel Celaya are now facing murder charges.(MCSO)
Published: Nov. 15, 2023 at 9:10 AM MST|Updated: Nov. 15, 2023 at 3:54 PM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — Two brothers have been arrested in connection to the stabbing death of a man north of Phoenix Sky Harbor airport over the weekend.

According to Phoenix police, 24-year-old Gabriel Celaya and 37-year-old Robert Celaya both had knives and were chasing 33-year-old Milton Gonzales in the area of 32nd Street and Roosevelt Street, roughly a mile north of the airport, on Saturday around 7:30 p.m. They eventually surrounded Gozales, and according to court documents, that’s when Robert Celaya stabbed him in the chest. The pair then took off. A passerby found Gonzales and called 911. First responders arrived and took him to the hospital where he later died.

Investigators say they learned Roberet Celaya lived at the apartment complex nearby and found what truck he drives. Police said Border Patrol agents told them they went into Mexico at the Nogales Port of Entry around 6 p.m. on Monday. But then they came back into the U.S. Law enforcement tracked the truck to the Valley using license plate readers.

Police found Gabriel Celaya on Tuesday afternoon in the area of 31st and Peoria avenues and took him into custody. Robert Celaya was arrested outside his apartment near 32nd Street and Roosevelt on the same day. Both didn’t talk to detectives and requested a lawyer. They were booked into jail on first-degree murder and kidnapping charges. Their cash-only bond was set at $1.5 million. Police haven’t said what led up to the attack.

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