2 suspects arrested in connection with deadly robbery at Phoenix hotel

Dec 22, 2023, 7:08 AM | Updated: 7:24 am

Mugshot Naketra Alexander, one of two suspects in a Dec. 20, 2023, homicide at Phoenix hotel....

Naketra Alexander was booked into jail for murder and armed robbery for a Dec. 20, 2023, homicide at a Phoenix hotel. A booking photo for a second suspect was not available. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Photo)

(Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Photo)

PHOENIX — Two people have been arrested in connection with a deadly robbery Wednesday morning at a Phoenix hotel, authorities said.

Officers were called to a restaurant near Interstate 17 and Thomas Road around 6 a.m. and found 62-year-old Kenneth Stanford with serious wounds, according to the Phoenix Police Department.

Stanford died after being taken to a hospital.

Witnesses told police that Stanford walked into the restaurant and said he’d been shot, but authorities said later that it appeared he was stabbed.

Officers found evidence that the attack occurred in a room at a nearby hotel.

Investigators identified two suspects and determined the motive was robbery.

Javon Parks was located and arrested later Wednesday. Naketra Alexander, 35, was taken into custody Thursday.

They were each booked into jail on multiple counts, including murder and armed robbery, police said.

This is an updated version of a story first published on Dec. 20, 2023.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Follow @suelenrivera...

SuElen Rivera

Arizona’s oldest predominantly Black community listed on National Register of Historic Places

The Randolph Townsite Historic District located 50 miles southeast of Phoenix was listed as a traditional cultural place.

11 minutes ago

File photo of a Valley Metro bus stop sign....

Man stabbed to death at west Phoenix bus stop, no arrest made

A man was stabbed to death at a bus stop near 39th Avenue and Baseline Road in Phoenix on Tuesday night, authorities said.

1 hour ago

File photo of Phoenix police SUVs parked in front of a metal utility pole. A suspect was arrested A...

Arrest made in shooting that led to power outage in Phoenix nearly 3 months ago

A suspect was arrested Tuesday in connection with a fatal shooting that led to a power outage in east Phoenix in February.

2 hours ago

Split panel image. Democratic Rep. Stephanie Stahl Hamilton, sponsor of a proposal to repeal Arizon...

Associated Press

Democrats in Arizona Legislature making another push to repeal near-total abortion ban

For a third straight week, Democrats at the Arizona Legislature are trying to repeal the state's near-total ban on abortions.

4 hours ago

Images show brush fire in Whetstone area in southeastern Arizona. (City of Tombstone Fire Departmen...

SuElen Rivera

Elderly man dies after accidentally starting brush fire in southeastern Arizona

An elderly man died on Tuesday from burn injuries he sustained after he and his son accidentally started a brush fire in southeastern Arizona.

4 hours ago

Follow @KTAR923...

New Maricopa County animal shelter to open soon in Mesa

Maricopa County Animal Care and Control will open the doors to its new East Valley shelter on May 2, officials said.

7 hours ago

Sponsored Articles



Desert Institute for Spine Care is the place for weekend warriors to fix their back pain

Spring has sprung and nothing is better than March in Arizona. The temperatures are perfect and with the beautiful weather, Arizona has become a hotbed for hikers, runners, golfers, pickleball players and all types of weekend warriors.


DISC Desert Institute for Spine Care

Sciatica pain is treatable but surgery may be required

Sciatica pain is one of the most common ailments a person can face, and if not taken seriously, it could become one of the most harmful.

(KTAR News Graphic)...

Boys & Girls Clubs

KTAR launches online holiday auction benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley

KTAR is teaming up with The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley for a holiday auction benefitting thousands of Valley kids.

2 suspects arrested in connection with deadly robbery at Phoenix hotel