Suspect arrested in Avondale homicide

Marocs Gaeta, 38, arrested in California in connection to a 2018 homicide in Avondale.

AVONDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - A man who police said shot and killed another man in Avondale nearly a year ago has been arrested in California. This happened months after Avondale police arrested another man for the same crime, but later let him go.

Marcos Cruz Gaeta was arrested in Riverside County on Friday. He was already in custody on charges connected to a 2016 murder in Indio, California.

Police believe Gaeta shot and killed Joseph Knight as he riding his bike home from work just after midnight on March 14, 2018, in the area of Van Buren Street and Dysart Road.

Officers arrested Jorge Luis Molina in December 2018, claiming Google data had helped track him down.

Police said on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, that Molina was questioned, released and not charged.

Avondale PD did not say what evidence they have on Gaeta or why they think he is responsible for Knight's death.


Copyright 2019 KPHO/KTVK (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.



Content Producer

Recommended for you

(1) comment


Can we just kill this guy? No trial, no appeals, just kill him in public.

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.