Alfred Carreon is charged in the murder of 20-year-old Jose "Joey" Gonzalez, who was last seen on December 18, 2000.
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|Alfred Carreon|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.
|via Maricopa County Sheriff's Office|
|Mugshot from Ramon Manuel Rivera's July 5 arrest.|
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.
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.
|Maricopa Police Department|
|John "J.R." Richardson|
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.
|Melissa Strickland was murdered in March of 1997.|
|Police believe 38-year-old Clayton Roinuse kidnapped, shot, and left a woman for dead in the desert in January of 1999.|
|Tempe Police Department|
|Surette Clark was murdered by her step-father in 1970|