PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Phoenix police are investigating a homicide at a Circle K near 24th Street and Baseline Road.

Phoenix police said around 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday a 19-year-old man called police to report he was the victim of an attempted armed robbery at knifepoint. 

The victim told police he was sitting in his vehicle at the fuel pump when his door opened.

The victim told officers that he felt there was another person behind him and turned around. He observed Perez standing near the rear of the vehicle holding a knife in his left hand.

According to court documents, Perez told the victim that "we need your [expletive] car."

An unknown woman approached in an attempt to divert his attention when a man, later identified as Bernardo Perez moved towards him.

The suspect displayed a knife and demanded the victim's vehicle. The victim had a gun and fired several shots at the suspect. 

Perez was pronounced dead on the scene. A woman who fled the scene of the incident was later taken into custody. She has been identified as 28-year-old Viviana Aldrete.

According to court documents, Aldrete asked the victim for a ride out of the area because she was "being followed by an unknown man."

She was booked on one count of first-degree murder and armed robbery. 

 


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