Mesa Man Planned "Copycat" Killing Like the Triple Murder in Phoenix, Cops Say

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A Mesa man has been arrested in an alleged plot to kill his family, as a "copycat" of the man who murdered three family members in Phoenix before shooting himself on Tuesday.

Mesa Police Detective Steve Berry says a roommate reported 34-year-old Carlos Hillan's intentions to police, and officers arrested him Wednesday after he jumped over the back wall at his wife's house with a gas can and lighter in hand.

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In the Phoenix case on Tuesday, police say 53-year-old Michael Sanders killed his estranged wife, daughter, and brother-in-law, then set his wife's body on fire.

Sanders' wife and daughter previously had moved out of the house, but Sanders was supposed to leave the home while his wife and daughter gathered some of their belongings.

Sanders showed up and shot his brother-in-law, who was sitting in his truck on the driveway, before he chased down his wife and 14-year-old daughter and shot them, too.

After setting fire to his wife's body, Sanders walked down an alley behind the house and fatally shot himself.

In the alleged "copycat" case in Mesa, police say Hillan was going to sit at his wife's house and wait for her to get home from work.


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robert_graham
robert_graham

I suppose you thinks this is false just like you though the threats against Arpaio were false and just a publicity stunt, right?

Tyburn Gallows
Tyburn Gallows

Not content with being the racist capital of the US, Arizona is now jockeying for most misogynistic as well.

Chorizo
Chorizo

Another smart Mexican.  They really do put lead in your hot sauces lol

yourproductsucks2
yourproductsucks2 topcommenter

plan, planned? matthew, if you don't read your work, how can you expect anyone else to?

ledunedu
ledunedu

Sounds like the dude has some very serious issues.


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