PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Months after the murder of a pregnant mother in west Phoenix, an arrest was made in the case and police say it was a revenge killing but the wrong person was hit. Wilbur Alberto Tochico was arrested on Wednesday. Police say he was the driver in the drive-by shooting that left 22-year-old Chardae Todd dead on Nov. 9 near 40th Avenue and Buckeye Road. Tochico, 25, had two accomplices, both under the age of 18, investigators said, so they haven't been identified.
The shooting was set up as revenge because Todd's boyfriend had robbed one of Tochico's accomplices multiple times, court documents said. The boyfriend set up a meeting to buy two marijuana cigarettes from the suspect he robbed, police said. Then on the night they were set to meet, Tochico drove up with one accomplice in the passenger's side and the other in the back seat. They went by a blue Chevy Impala that had Todd inside and two boys and the suspect in the backseat of Tochico's vehicle opened fire. They then drove off. Todd's boyfriend wasn't in the car. Police said Todd died at the scene.
Police said they found the young accomplice who set up the meeting and was in the passenger seat during the drive-by on July 1. The suspect also provided the handgun to the shooter, court documents said. The underaged suspect identified Tochico as the driver and he was found two weeks later. He was booked into jail on one count of first-degree murder and one count of drive-by shooting. It's unclear in the court documents if police found the person who pulled the trigger.
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Todd was four months pregnant and had a 2-year-old daughter. She had also just graduated college. Her family had increased a Silent Witness reward to $20,000 in April for information leading to an arrest. It's unclear if anyone will get that money.
Tochico has been in trouble with the law before. In February of 2020, Tochico was street racing in west Phoenix and tried to run over a police officer, police said. Court documents said when Tochico was trying to get away, he backed up toward an officer, who had to jump out of the way. He hit two cars in the parking lot before driving off. Nearby officers followed him before he eventually stopped.