MARICOPA — Maricopa Police have arrested a man wanted in connection with a homicide on the Gila River Indian Community.

Brent Justin was arrested on March 13 when police saw him while on routine patrol about 4:15 in the afternoon.

“I was on patrol in the area of Garvey Avenue and Highway 347,” a MPD officer wrote in a probable cause statement. “Another officer advised a male subject wearing all black riding a bicycle had just crossed the railroad track riding north towards Escalada Avenue.”

The officer responded to the area and stopped the man. The man told him his name, Brent Justin, and the officer told him that he was not allowed to cross the railroad tracks and he could be cited for trespassing.

“I conducted a wants and warrants check. Dispatch advised Brent had a fully extraditable confirmed warrant from Gila River Police Department for homicide. I placed Brent in handcuffs, in which he was later transported to the Pinal jail on the warrant,” the officer wrote in the report.

No details on the murder case were available. The Gila River Police Department refused to respond to phone calls seeking information.


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