Kyleigh Sousa Murder: Suspect Arrested and Identified. Cops Say He's No Stranger to Robbery

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Tempe PD
Joselouis Marquez was arrested last night in connection with the murder of Kyleigh Sousa.
The suspect in the murder of Kyleigh Sousa, the 21-year-old Arizona State University student killed outside of a Tempe IHOP restaurant in May, has been identified as 20-year-old Joseluis Marquez.

Sousa was killed on May 26, when police say Marquez approached her and a friend outside of the IHOP. Marquez, police allege, grabbed Sousa's purse and drove off -- with Sousa tangled in the purse straps.

Sousa was dragged 30 feet. She sustained head and neck injuries, and later died at a Valley hospital.

Marquez, described by police as a transient, in Tempe that night to steal purses, was arrested last night at the home of a friend in Phoenix. The car he allegedly used to drag Sousa to her death, a 2008 Dodge Charger -- similar to the vehicle described by witnesses of the murder -- was also located and has been impounded by police.

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Tempe PD
According to the probable cause statement obtained by New Times, Marquez rented the car in California prior to the murder. He was spotted driving it by a traffic camera in Tempe on May 10, 16 days before Sousa was killed (see photo to the left).

Other passengers in the car at the time of the murder have been identified by police, but haven't been charged with a crime -- yet.

According to the probable cause statement, the other passengers identified Marquez as the person driving the car -- and the person who grabbed Sousa's purse -- the night of the murder.

The car, police say, is just a piece of the evidence implicating Marquez. They wouldn't elaborate on the other evidence, saying only "it's an ongoing investigation."

Police initially contacted Marquez on November 16. They say, the story he told them didn't check out.

Commander Kim Hale says the arrest is the result of "good, old-fashion police work." Although, the Tempe Police Department has come under heavy criticism over how long it took to make an arrest in the case.

But, according to Tempe Police Chief Tom Ryff, it's better to be right than on time.

"The goal was not to simply make an arrest," he says "but to make an arrest of the person who caused Kyleigh's death."

Marquez was booked on one count of first-degree murder, but, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery says, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office will review the case before officially filing any charges.

"Robbery," Hale says, "is not uncommon to Marquez." He says he doesn't know if any of those robberies occurred -- or whether Marquez had contact with police -- between the time of the murder and the time of his arrest.

Tempe Sergeant Steve Carbajal says Marquez may be responsible for other robberies in Tempe. He urges anyone who recognizes the above photo call the Tempe Police Department.

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IMACIAS6
IMACIAS6

FUCK ALL U MOTHER FUCKERS IN THIS COUNTRY YOUR NOT GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN OTHER WISE...TEMPE POLICE TOOK 7 MONTHS TO FALSELY ACCUSE HIM. THEY HAD TO FIND SOMEBODY TO MAKE THEMSELVES NOT LOOK BAD AND TO MAKE THE FAMILY AND PUBLIC HAPPY..

Mayismay
Mayismay

friend get a grip , it doesnt matter the date in may, dont miss the point of the article, by being ANAL. good article new times again. !

Hattie
Hattie

I hope they hang him form the highest tree, wondering what they did not put out the picutre earlier, ? this is awful crime for anyoen to do thisso far accusations but when they prove he did it, I hope he gets the longest prison sentence ever, so he can think about what he did. animal

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Freemon Sandlewould

All the guy had to do to have a better life for everyone involved was stop the car when he saw she was entangled. But no....the 50 bucks he needed for his next huff was all he cared about.

I hope he gets arse violated from now to eternity.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

"Probably an illegal" - why, because he has an Hispanic name? Hey, do me a favor, cabron - change your name so nobody thinks you're me...

Mike
Mike

-friend: what did you expect, this is the new times. I am so glad they caught this animal, probably an illegal, i hope they deep fry him for what he did.

the big question here is = why did Tempe Police NOT circulate the new and improved sketch they had, which might have resulted in more timely capture? how many more crimes did this animal commit between Kyleigh's and the present?

Alexv6827
Alexv6827

Not illegal and do not know why they charged him with first degree when the family made the choice to take her off life support! With that being said he still committed a crime and my heart goes out to the family

friend
friend

she was not killed may 10th. she was killed may 26th. please get your facts straight before posting, this is embarrassing for you.

-friend

Beejay
Beejay

does it really matter dont miss the point of the article being anal.

at least it was reported

James King
James King

My apologies, thanks for the heads up. However, a private email would have sufficed. I'm aware Kyleigh Sousa was killed on the 26th -- as is noted further in the story "16 days before Sousa was killed." It was a type-o made while reading a press release with several dates on it. It's been fixed.

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