Suspect in Casa Grande double homicide arrested in Texas

May 2, 2022, 4:05 AM

Terrance Xavier Santistevan (Courtesy Photo)...

Terrance Xavier Santistevan (Courtesy Photo)

(Courtesy Photo)

PHOENIX — A man suspected of killing two people last month in Casa Grande was arrested in Texas on Saturday, authorities said.

Terrance Xavier Santistevan, 18, was arrested by Pflugerville police and awaited extradition to Arizona.

Two charges of first-degree murder were being sent to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office for review.

Santistevan is suspected of fatally shooting Daniella Murrieta, 17, and Leslie Cota, 18, on April 24 at an apartment complex, the Casa Grande Police Department said in a press release.

Authorities said Santistevan’s vehicle was believed to be tied to the double homicide, and shortly after, they learned he made his way to Texas.

“Our detectives and other members of our department worked together around the clock to develop leads and simultaneously follow up on numerous tips presented during this investigation,” city of Casa Grande Police Chief Mark McCrory said in the release.

“This resulted in three members of our department traveling to Texas and assisting in the apprehension of Terrance Santistevan.”

Detectives continue searching for the vehicle believed to be involved, a 2006 Chrysler 300 that had an Arizona license plate number of ‘9DA2MG.’

The investigation was ongoing.

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Suspect in Casa Grande double homicide arrested in Texas