Leonard Moreno, Age 15, Arrested in Shooting Death of MCSO Jail Officer Jorge Vargas

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Left to right: Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Police Chief Daniel Garcia, and City Councilman Michael Nowakowski.


The accused killer of Maricopa County Sheriff's Office jail guard is just 15 years old.

Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia announced the arrest this afternoon, saying Leonard Moreno, a 15-year-old, drug-dealing gangster, is the one accused of shooting Officer Jorge Vargas outside his home last month.

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-MCSO Jail Officer Murdered Outside His Home

Moreno has already been in jail for two or three weeks, for participating in an unrelated drive-by shooting, Phoenix Police Sergeant Trent Crump said.

Crump said Moreno was walking home from a party after 3 a.m. on August 8, and Vargas' home was on the way. Crump said detectives believe Moreno, who was "high, drunk, and armed," shot and killed Vargas after seeing Vargas on his driveway, getting ready to leave for an early shift at one of the jails.

Police aren't sure whether Moreno shot Vargas because he was a law-enforcement officer. Vargas was wearing at least part of his uniform when he was shot, but police do believe it was a random shooting, in the sense that it probably wouldn't have happened if Vargas' house was not between Moreno's house and the party.

Police didn't reveal all the evidence that links Moreno to the crime. Crump says ballistics testing matched the bullet casings at the murder scene to that drive-by shooting Moreno was allegedly involved in a few days after the murder. Crump says DNA also links Moreno to the crime, as do social-media postings subpoenaed by police. However, he says police did not recover the murder weapon.

There have been three other arrests in the case, including Moreno's mother, and Crump said there will likely be more, all for hindering prosecution and witness tampering. Detectives believe Moreno acted alone in the shooting.

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Leonard Moreno

UPDATE, September 26: See the cops' report on the next page:

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41 comments
Dontbelieveit
Dontbelieveit topcommenter

If he makes it to sentencing it'll be a small miracle . They'll have his legs shaved and wearing stockings and high heels ...real quick. Dumb fuck wanted to be gangsta................. well his wish has come true and he'll be living his dream of becoming a gang member in due time .....What a fucking COWARD he is!!!!

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

I like the press conference photo. It's nice to see a real police officer at the microphone and the elderly elected official (EEO) in the background, where he belongs. Chief Garcia has what is called "command bearing" and the EEO, as normal, needs to take a bath, it seems.

robert_graham
robert_graham

Sheriff Joe has a special cell for the little maggot.  It will be funny to see how he is treated by the victim's fellow correctional officers.  It's good to know he is being charged as an adult.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

According to 12News, there's more. His mom, who herself has an extensive criminal record, helped him get rid of the gun. It was used in the drive-by, wherein little Leonardo was the trigger boy. In my other post on this subject, I suggested that his state of mind (totally blotto from booze and drugs) might be a mitigating factor that could keep him from spending his remaining time on this Earth in the joint. Now I say, hell no! Put him away forever and ever.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

Another reports says that this kid shot another man a couple of days later, leaving the 19yo victim in a wheelchair indefinitely.

If the death penalty really saved the State any money, I'd say he's a good candidate.  I don't really want my tax money going to feed him.

Winterborn
Winterborn

I literally could not careless what ethnic background the kid comes from. I refuse to judge him by anything but his actions, and thats the point here. His actions -with and without the killing of Officer Vargas- are enough for me to loathe him as an individual. The shooting of Vargas was only one bad deed in a long line of offenses against the community and he deserves to spend the rest of his natural life, whether death penalty, or a life sentence, in a small cell with no daylight.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Because the little cockroach was drunk and on drugs, it's a possibility that he won't be charged as an adult. What say you, esteemed commenters?

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

Police haven't recovered the murder weapon. He probably turned it in at a gun buyback.

spunky
spunky

Another day, another criminal mexican story. It's nice to see the baby factories getting their spawn started on the path to criminality early these days.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

good job by PPD. not trying to knock on MCSO or anyone else, just saying that I am glad someone got him for Vargas' death, it will hopefully bring Vargas' family some peace

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Dumbass fool this 15 year old is. He may be eligible for the needle.

May Officer Vargas rest in peace.

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Leonard?  Lil puto spic named Leonard.  HA!

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@TommyCollins good observation Tommy.  Garcia does give a commanding appearance as a authority figure should, meanwhile Joe looks like one of those Sun City pictures where someone went to the store, wandered off and got lost while confused and disoriented

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@eric.nelson745 Eric, I can't say for sure in Arizona, but most states now don't allow a defense of "altered state" due to alcohol or drugs in murder cases. I will guess that he will eventually take a plea deal on the homicide and spend the rest of his life in stir. I don't know if he can get the death penalty, but I don't think he can because of his age.

robert_graham
robert_graham

@eric.nelson745 Lock up the whole family including their dogs, cats and cockroaches running up and down their kitchen walls.

marcy
marcy

@eric.nelson745 

That would be all the more reason to convict him as an adult.  Doing all those adult things like boozing it up and getting high.  His momma needs an immediate tubal ligation and 10 years in the big house turning big rocks into little rocks for both creating this kid who should have been aborted and for lying in an attempt to keep him out of jail so he could go shoot a few more people.

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@spunky,  jaffy, another user name again fucking retarded bitch, it doesn't matter how many more u come up with, all ur comments follows d same topic: raicism. fucking worm.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

lol you're just another jackwagon abusing the Constitutional right to free speech people like me fought for.Did you ever hear of Silvestre Herrera? He was undocumented and fought against Hitler and the Nazis in WWII. He had both his feet blown off by a land mine and still single-handedly captured 8 German soldiers. He was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Harry S. Truman. Is he a criminal Mexican too spunky?

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@spunky Idiots like you and hahaha below are so funny.

All kinds of balls and attitude... while sitting behind a keyboard posting on an ANONYMOUS account rather than registering

Only wimps hide behind keyboards and anonymous accounts

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@danzigsdaddy I have to wonder where YPS has been hiding. Maybe a reassignment to detention since his/her time in media was up? Curious minds...

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@danzigsdaddy Yep, Zigs. The picture tells a story. The Real Cop and then there's the Shurf of NothingHam. Just an empty suit.

bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

@marcy @eric.nelson745 I sincerely believe in retroactive abortion, up to the age of about 35.  This turd should have been left on the sheets that his momma laid on while getting pregnant.  It is sad, no matter what his nationality is, that kids of this age keep cropping up for adult crimes!

Abort them, even if retroactive.  Once you see your kid headed this direction, blow his ass up, cuz we don't need him on our planet


robert_graham
robert_graham

@IdontRecall Easy for you to accuse me of using different screen names but sorry I don't. You are pathetic.  Eat shit and die.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

Herrera was one hell of a great man. I always recount his story when I talk to Dreamers.

robert_graham
robert_graham

@Flyer9753 Put your money where your mouth is. Does your birth certificate list your name as being Flyer? Seems to me you are hiding behind an anonymous account then.

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@Flyer9753 We can meet up anytime lil spic bitch, just make sure you bring your girl so she can what a pussy you are.

rinseandspit
rinseandspit

@Flyer9753 @spunky Chompers! Have you checked ebay yet to see if you can get a few thousand yards of military surplus dental floss?

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@robert_graham @MaskedMagician1967 

Silvestre Herrera fought for the U.S. during WWII (1939-1945). He was undocumented and won the nation's highest military award.

In fact, he has a street in Phoenix and a school named for him. What do you have?

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@robert_graham You never fail to fail. That is consistency, Amigo. Give yourself a pat on the back.

winnerfucksafatgirl
winnerfucksafatgirl

@Flyer9753 @HAHAHA Look at you internet tough guys! My vagina is getting moist watching you two macho men circle the ring. Watch out for chompers' teeth hahaha, he's already wailing and when the gnashing begins, there could be blood.

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