Mesa Police arrest suspect accused of first-degree murder
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.