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Chandler Police get their men after years on the run

June 13th, 2019 development
Chandler Police get their men after years on the run
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SANTAN SUN NEWS STAFF

Chandler Police may not always get their man but two arrests the department made in two unrelated cold cases recently suggest criminals should think twice about whether they can get away with a crime or not.

One arrest involved a fatal shooting while the other involved two rapes.

The homicide involved 15-year-old Luis Andrea Parra, who died from a single gunshot wound inside a residence in the 400 block of North Delaware Street.

The alleged gunman, 21-year-old Venancio Cortez Miramontes, fled the residence and then left the country.

Earlier this year, a Chandler Police detective assigned to the U.S. Marshal’s Service task force developed information that Miramontes was in Virginia.

Acting on this break, marshals conducted surveillance on the location and 22 years to the day of Parra’s death, finally caught Miramontes without incident.   

“Miramontes was on the run for over twenty years, traveling through two countries, and found hiding half way across the country,” said Marshal David Gonzales.  “He now knows firsthand that the United States Marshal WANTED Task Force will not stop until every fugitive from justice sees their day in court. We hope his capture helps to bring some peace to the victim’s family.”

Chandler Police Chief Sean Duggan said, “The tenacious efforts of our robbery/homicide unit when investigating cold cases has been highly successful.  This particular effort once again shows the men and women of the Chandler Police Department are determined in their pursuit of justice.”

Miramontes was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on one count of manslaughter.   

Earlier last month, a break in yet another cold case finally led to the arrest of an undocumented immigrant who is accused of the rape of a 22-year-old woman in Hoopes Park, near Alma School and Elliot roads, and a second rape of an 18-year-old woman 10 days later in her home near Arizona and Ray roads.

Det. Seth Tyler said DNA tied Adan Lopez-Perez, 43, to the crime.

Lopez-Perez is a Mexican national who lived in Chandler in 1997 at the time of the crimes. When he was arrested last month he was already in custody for unlawful entry into the county. He was serving a sentence after being convicted of crossing into the U.S. illegally.

“This evidence essentially sat for almost four years until the technology developed to where we could send it off for it to be entered into the database and then for it to be analyzed,” said Tyler.

It took years to find a match.

“When Lopez-Perez was placed into federal custody, law required that he submit to a DNA sample and that’s how we were able to get that DNA sample,” he explained.

Tyler told reporters Lopez-Perez had been in jail for several months and was four days away from release when he was busted for the rapes.

“Our detectives actually worked around the clock,” he told Channel 3 News. “The time, the clock….it’s ticking, because there’s a time where this individual could be released and we’d have to start the process all over again.”

On April 8, Lopez-Perez was arrested for his involvement in both sexual assaults. He was booked into Maricopa County Jail on multiple felony counts.

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