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Police searching for 2 suspects in Phoenix robbery-homicide from 2007

PHOENIX — Police are still searching for the suspects of a robbery-homicide from 2007 that left a security guard dead.

According to Silent Witness, two men robbed a Circle K convenience store at 15402 N. 19th Ave. in Phoenix on March 23, 2007, at 3:50 a.m. Security guard Charles Saldate attempted to stop the two robbers and was assaulted. Saldate had his gun stolen, and one of the men attempted to fire at him, but the safety was on, and the robbers fled.

Less than three months later, Saldate was killed in front of his home as he was returning from work. Phoenix police believe the two incidents are connected, as a group of black males were observed fleeing the scene of Saldate’s death just after midnight on June 1, 2007. Saldate was 55 years old at the time of his death.

Phoenix police are targeting two unidentified black males as the suspects of the robbery-homicide. Police said one suspect is 5-foot-10 and about 200 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. Police said he may have a tattoo of a woman on his forearm.

The second suspect is about 5-foot-11 and 210, also having brown eyes and black hair. He is believed to have a tattoo of a cross on his forearm. Police said both men were in their 20s at the time of the robbery-homicide, and had braided corn rows.

A 1980s white or tan Oldsmobile Cutlass is believed to be the vehicle the two men used in both incidents.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Silent Witness at W-I-T-N-E-S-S (480-948-6377), or leave an anonymous tip at A cash reward of $1,000 is being offered to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest of one or both of the suspects in this case.