PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- A man has been arrested in connection to a shooting over the weekend in Phoenix that left two men dead. According to Phoenix police, officers responded to reports of a shooting near 19th Avenue and Thunderbird Road early Sunday morning around 2:30. Officers arrived and found two men dead who had been shot multiple times. A witness told officers they saw a Hispanic man shoot both victims.
On Tuesday, detectives received a tip from an anonymous source that a person involved in a double homicide was hiding out in a hotel room. Undercover officers went to the La Quinta Inn near Interstate 17 and Greenway Road and talked with hotel management, who confirmed that the suspect, 32-year-old Joshua Bivens, was staying in one of the rooms. Detectives watched the room, and saw Bivens leave the room, walking with a limp. Officers arrested Bivens around 3 p.m. and interviewed him after he was treated for a gunshot wound at an area hospital.
According to court documents, Bivens told detectives he was shot early Sunday morning in the area of the double homicide. Bivens reportedly said he agreed to commit an armed robbery of one of the two victims and was helping three other people. Bivens said he was given a gun and told to act as "security" during the robbery and that he would be given a share of the stolen money. Bivens stood by in a parking lot while he says the other suspects lured the victims out of an apartment. The suspects allegedly pulled out a gun, tried to rob the victims, and got into a fight. One of the suspects shot both victims, and Bivens got struck by a bullet as well, police said.
The suspects took property from the victim's apartment and they left in a vehicle. Because of his connection to the robbery and murder, Bivens has recommended charges for first-degree murder and armed robbery with a deadly weapon. Bivens is being held in jail without bond. There was no additional information available regarding the other alleged suspects in the shooting.