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Man arrested in death of Mesa smoke shop owner

MESA, Ariz. — A man has been arrested in connection with the death of the
owner of a Mesa smoke shop.

Mesa police announced Monday that 23-year-old Chad Stevens is being held on
suspicion of first-degree murder, robbery and burglary.

They say businesses neighboring the smoke shop heard commotion about 1 p.m.
Friday and called police.

As police pulled up to the business, they saw a man walking away and witnesses
told officers that it was the suspect who came from the shop.

Police say Stevens took off running before he was arrested at a nearby
apartment complex.

When officers went into the smoke shop, they found 59-year-old Abdou G. Abdou
dead.

Police he’s the owner and operator of the business.

Authorities didn’t immediately know Monday if Stevens has a lawyer yet.

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