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Phoenix police looking for leads in 2009 murder, 2016 robbery

Nov 29, 2021, 10:30 AM

The body of an elderly homeless man, Amado Camacho, was found in a Phoenix alley along 16th Street south of Thomas Road on the morning of April 8, 2009.

“The most frustrating thing about this is Amado was in a wheelchair. He probably couldn’t defend himself,” Phoenix Police Sgt. Jamie Rothschild said. “The fact that someone would beat him to death then try to set him on fire makes this a brutal crime.”

Camacho was well known by both the people in the neighborhood and some of the patrol officers. In fact, they would bring him food whenever they could and they say he was always appreciative and kind.

“It was hard to believe he even had an enemy so the fact that he was found killed was really puzzling,” Rothschild said.

Read more about this case here.


Next, finding companionship on Craigslist is never a good idea.

In this case, a 59-year-old man picked up a guy, later identified as 22-year-old Carlos Mejia, and brought him to his home near 23rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road. It was Monday, June 20, 2016.

“Once they got to the victim’s house, Carlos ended up punching the victim and knocking him to the ground then ultimately tying him up,” Rothschild said. “He ended up stealing items from the apartment, robbing the victim then stealing his vehicle.”

Police said, even if you’re selling an item online, you never want to meet someplace isolated, especially your home.

Investigators fear there may be other victims of these types of crimes who are too embarrassed to come forward. But not making a police report can give the suspect an opportunity to victimize others.

The victim in the first case, Amado Camacho, is shown. (Silent Witness Photo) The suspect in the second case, Carlos Mejia, is shown. (Silent Witness Photo)

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Phoenix police looking for leads in 2009 murder, 2016 robbery