TUCSON, Ariz. — An ex-convict wanted in two killings in Phoenix fatally
shot himself in Tucson after stealing a car at gunpoint and then leading police
in a pursuit that ended in a crash.
U.S. Marshals were conducting surveillance on 24-year-old Hector Karaca on
Thursday when he went to a mall and stole a car at gunpoint, police said.
Police Sgt. Chris Widmer said Karaca drove off, causing several car accidents
before he crashed the stolen Camaro, jumped at least one fence, went into an
alley, pulled out a handgun and shot himself in the head.
A police helicopter had followed the stolen vehicle and guided police vehicles.
“It was like the movie “The Fast and the Furious,” just hauling butt. The
Camaro was at least four car lengths ahead of the cops,” Eddie Escalante, the
driver of a pickup which collided with the Camaro at the end of the chase, told
Karaca was sought in the Oct. 21 killings of 25-year-old Jose Alonso Villa and
17-year-old Kristen Bianca Furgeri.
They were found dead in a small residence behind a home in midtown Phoenix.
Jordan Tefft, a spokesman for the Marshals Service in Tucson, declined comment
on the case.
According to the state Department of Corrections’ online profile for Karaca, he
was released from the prison system in September after serving time for Pima
County convictions for auto theft, attempted auto theft and hindering
The profile for Karaca listed numerous violations of prison rules, including
rioting, disobeying orders, disorderly conduct, disruptive behavior and smoking.