Mesa Police arrest suspect accused of first-degree murder

Mar 3, 2022, 11:10 AM

Jose Ivan Chavez Garcia (Mesa Police Photo)...

Jose Ivan Chavez Garcia (Mesa Police Photo)

(Mesa Police Photo)

PHOENIX — A suspect in Mesa accused of killing a man following a fight in a restaurant parking lot has been arrested, police said Wednesday.

Jose Ivan Chavez Garcia, 35, was booked March 1 on one count of first-degree murder in the death of 27-year-old Alejandro Saldano Hernandez, according to the Mesa Police Department.

The victim, his girlfriend and two friends had a disagreement with Garcia and his friends, which spilled into the parking lot of the Cayomango restaurant near University Drive and Centennial Way at about 11:45 p.m. on Feb. 13, police said.

Garcia and two friends then started fist fighting with Hernandez before Garcia went to his car and retrieved a handgun, according to police.

Officers responded to the parking lot and found Hernandez lying on the ground with multiple bullet wounds, police said.

Hernandez was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Garcia fled the scene in a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado, which was found abandoned four days later near Gilbert and Broadway roads, according to police.

Garcia was arrested while officers were serving a search warrant at his Mesa home.

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Mesa Police arrest suspect accused of first-degree murder