Salt River PD: Scottsdale teen arrested in connection to homicide

The Salt River Police Department has identified 18-year-old Juan Burns, a resident of Scottsdale, as the primary suspect in a reported September homicide, according to police officials.

Salt River Police DeparatmentOn Sept. 25 Mesa resident Justin Gaston, 35, was the victim of a homicide that took place behind a convenience store located on the corner of Hayden and McKellips Roads.

After an extensive investigation, the Salt River Police Department identified Burns as the primary suspect in this case and obtained a Homicide Arrest Warrant for his arrest, police said in a press release.

The Salt River Police Department received information, communicated and coordinated with the Federal Bureau of Investigations about a possible location for Burns.

The information was then forwarded to FBI agents and agents of the U.S. Marshall’s Service resulting in locating Burns at approximately 11 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16, said police, in the 300 block of West Brown Road in Mesa.

Burns was safely taken into custody without incident and booked into the Maricopa County jail on one count of Homicide.

With this arrest, investigators from the Salt River Police Department are confident all suspects associated with this case have been apprehended, police officials said.

“The actions and efforts of the Salt River Police Department Police Officers and Detectives who have been working non-stop on this case combined with working collaboratively with our Federal Bureau of Investigations and United States Marshall’s Service Partners resulted in the successful and safe apprehension of this Homicide suspect,” said Salt River Police Department Chief of Police, Karl G. Auerbach, in the release.

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