Phoenix Police Arrest Suspect in Cold Case Killings of Two Women

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Yumi Kimura
Phoenix police have arrested a man they believe is responsible for killing two young women more than 20 years ago.

The remains of 22-year-old Angela Brosso and 17-year-old Melanie Bernas were found in and around the Arizona Canal in 1992 and 1993, and police just this week arrested 42-year-old Bryan Patrick Miller in the killings.

Phoenix PD isn't releasing much information on what led investigators to Miller, but the definitive link is DNA, which Phoenix Police Sergeant Trent Crump tells New Times an undercover officer obtained "during a ruse" and that the sample was linked to the crimes just last week.

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Death Row Inmate Alfred Carreon Charged in 12-Year-Old Tempe Murder Case

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Alfred Carreon
The Tempe Police Department has solved a murder that occurred 12 years ago, and police didn't have to search too hard to find the guy -- he's been on death row for more than nine years.

Alfred Carreon is charged in the murder of 20-year-old Jose "Joey" Gonzalez, who was last seen on December 18, 2000.

See Also: Grim Reapers: Arizona Inmates On Death Row

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Keith Edward Allen, Sex Offender, Raped Ahwatukee Teen in '04, Cops Say; Evidence Took Years to Process

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Image: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
Keith Edward Allen, a convicted sex offender, raped a 17-year-old girl in 2004, Phoenix police say. Allen was arrested on August 30, 2012, after DNA evidence was finally processed.

Phoenix police say they've solved a rape case from 2004 with the arrest of a convicted sex offender.

That's the good news, which must bring tremendous relief to the victim, who was 17 when Keith Edward Allen broke into her home and subjected her to a lengthy, horrific attack.

But the bad news, as you can tell from the time involved here, is that this case took far too long to process -- especially since police had everything they needed to solve the case after it occurred eight years ago.

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Ramon Rivera's DNA Was Taken After a Drug Arrest -- Now He's Charged With Sex Crimes

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Mugshot from Ramon Manuel Rivera's July 5 arrest.
A DNA match led to the July 5 arrest of a man who police say is responsible for at least two sexual assault cases from 2004 and 2006.

Phoenix police recently arrested Ramon Manuel Rivera, 50, on several counts of felony sexual assault, sexual abuse, and kidnapping.

In May, police were able to link Rivera to the 2006 sexual assault of a 17-year-old girl through a DNA match between samples from the assault and Rivera's recent drug arrest.

From there, investigators linked Rivera to an attempted sexual assault from 2004, according to documents obtained by New Times.

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Luis Gonzales, Killed by Train in 1985, Positively ID'd by Fingerprints This Year by DPS; Next of Kin Sought

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Image: Jamie Peachey

Twenty-seven years ago, a 40-year-old named Luis Gonzales, was struck and killed by a train near Central Avenue.

The man had no identification except for a workplace time card that contained his name and the wrong date of birth, which pegged him as a 53-year-old.

Another Luis Gonzales with that birthdate was in police files, but the dead man's fingerprints didn't match. They weren't the same person. The victim never was positively identified.

Until now.

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John Richardson's Homicide Case Remains Cold -- Five Years Later

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John "J.R." Richardson
On its fifth anniversary, John Richardson's homicide case remains cold, and a hole in his mom's life remains unfilled.

Known as "J.R.," Richardson was last seen with friends at a house near 43rd Avenue and Thomas Road in Phoenix the night of June 11, 2006, according to police.

A year later, his body was found in the desert outside of Buckeye. He was 25 years old.

"The last time I spoke to him was Father's Day," Laura Pajak, Richardson's mother, tells New Times. "He was a free person really his whole life, had a lot of friends who loved him very much and who would do anything for him."

Richardson is the oldest of Pajak's four sons - three of whom have been killed.

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Oklahoma Man Desperate for Help in Solving Daughter's 1997 Murder. Daughter Described by Cops as "Not Human"

Melissa Strickland was murdered in March of 1997.
Tilmon Strickland wants answers.

His daughter, Melissa Strickland, was murdered in Phoenix in March 1997. She was bludgeoned to death, and her body was dumped in broad daylight near 21st Street and Corona Avenue. She was 24 years old. 

"It seems I've had to fight every step of the way just to get this far," Strickland tells New Times, "and I was so angry at Phoenix police for listing my daughter as N/H, which when I found out what it meant I could not believe."

"N/H," Strickland says, stands for "not human" -- a designation he says the PPD assigned his daughter because she was once suspected of prostitution.

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Phoenix P.D. Credit Solving 11-Year-Old Case to Revamping Cold Case Squad. Victim: "Life Has Been a Disaster" Since Attack

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Police believe 38-year-old Clayton Roinuse kidnapped, shot, and left a woman for dead in the desert in January of 1999.
"My life has been a disaster."

That's what 37-year-old Michelle Bennett, who was kidnapped, shot, and left for dead in the desert near Apache Junction in January of 1999 told reporters at a press conference at Phoenix Police Headquarters this afternoon.

As we reported earlier, the man police believe attacked Bennett was arrested yesterday -- 11 years after the incident.

Phoenix police say they matched the DNA of 38-year-old Clayton Roinuse to DNA recovered from the crime scene on January 6, 1999.

What Phoenix police seemed slightly less-inclined to discuss with reporters is that Roinuse has been sitting in an Arizona prison since 2003 -- for crimes similar to the ones alleged against Bennett -- and so has his DNA.

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Phoenix P.D.'s Cold Case Suspect's Been in an Arizona Prison Since 2003

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Clayton Roinuse
The man police say is responsible for the 1999 sexual assault, kidnapping, and attempted murder of a Valley woman is currently in an Arizona state prison serving a life sentence for crimes very similar to the ones with which he's now accused -- and he's been there since 2003.

Clayton Roinuse is accused of the attempted murder, kidnapping, aggravated assault, and armed robbery of a Valley woman in January of 1999.

Guess what crimes landed him in prison seven years ago? Kidnapping, murder, aggravated assault, and burglary.

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Phoenix P.D. Solves 11-Year-Old Cold Case. Suspect Left Victim for Dead in Desert, Police Say

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The Phoenix Police Department announced last night that an arrest has been made in a sexual assault/ kidnapping that happened in 1999.

The Phoenix P.D. says DNA evidence retrieved at the scene of the alleged crimes match the DNA of Clayton Roinuse, who was arrested yesterday.

According to police, on January 6, 1999, Roinuse went into a business near 300 East Camelback Road. He robbed the store and kidnapped an employee.

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