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US Marshals looking for suspect who may be in Phoenix area

The suspect, Elton Jardines, is shown. (Silent Witness Photo)

The U.S. Marshal’s Office is on the hunt for a suspect with a long rap sheet that includes murder, aggravated assault, domestic violence and other violent crimes.

“The Marshals are looking for Elton Jardines, but they’re working in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies,” Phoenix Police Sgt. Jamie Rothschild said.

The night of May 31, 2009, Jardines and his friends got into an argument with a group of women in a QT parking lot in Phoenix. Jardines took out a handgun and allegedly began shooting into the air.

Then, he moved closer to the women and opened fire, killing two of them and hurting two others who had multiple gunshot wounds. The two women killed, Joanna Ray Lopez and Crystal Arrona, were the mothers of young children.

Now, investigators believe Jardines could be in the Valley, in Baja, California or in the Riverside area. He may have his young son with him.

Sgt. Rothschild says, “It’s also possible he may have altered his appearance by using facial piercings and possibly Botox,” Rothschild said.

Rothschild said it isn’t uncommon for fugitives to alter their appearances and even use aliases but it’s never 100 percent successful. That’s why you’re encouraged to look at the pictures of Jardines.

There’s a $5,000 reward in this case.

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