18-year-old Phoenix man accused of shooting man to death

May 4, 2020 GMT

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police have made an arrest in the killing of a man whose body was found in an alley.

Sgt. Tommy Thompson said Monday that 18-year-old Jacob Soto has been booked on suspicion of first-degree murder, tampering with evidence and misconduct involving weapons.

Officers responded to reports of a disturbance Sunday around 3 a.m. Upon arrival, they found the body of 31-year-old Felipe Villanueva in an alley. He was immediately pronounced dead.

Investigators determined that the victim and Soto had gotten into a fight that culminated with Soto shooting him. They located Soto and took him into custody without incident.


When questioned by police, Soto admitted to his involvement. It wasn’t immediately known if he had an attorney to comment on his behalf.