Arrest made in shooting death of teenage boy in Phoenix

May 18, 2023, 2:00 PM

Booking photo of Alexander Martin Reyes, suspect in murder of Matthew Ballesteros in Phoenix, Arizo...

(Alexander Martin Reyes - Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Photo)

(Alexander Martin Reyes - Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Photo)

PHOENIX – A suspect in the shooting death of a teenage boy in Phoenix last weekend has been taken into custody, authorities said Thursday.

Alexander Martin Reyes, 24, was arrested Wednesday and booked into Maricopa County Jail on a murder charge, the Phoenix Police Department said.

Reyes is accused of shooting 17-year-old Matthew Ballesteros at an apartment complex near 39th Avenue and McDowell Road just before midnight Saturday.

Ballesteros died after being taken to a hospital.

Detectives learned that the suspect, victim and another person were having a barbecue in the common area of the apartment complex before the shooting.

Police said Sunday that the suspect was at-large. No information about how Reyes was identified and located was released.

Reyes’ initial court appearance was scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

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Arrest made in shooting death of teenage boy in Phoenix