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Chandler homicide investigation leads to 2 unrelated arrests

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Posted: Friday, February 10, 2012 12:29 pm | Updated: 1:29 pm, Fri Feb 10, 2012.

Chandler police are still searching for four men, including a "person of interest" in connection to the shooting death of Juan Jose Makil, 38, early Thursday, but police also have made two other arrests during the investigation of the crime.

The arrests, which were unrelated to the shooting, were of Miguel Varelas, 36, on suspicion of a weapon by a prohibited possessor, and Camelia Makil, 34, who was wanted on an outstanding federal warrant from the U.S. Marshal's Office for possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. It wasn't immediately known how Camelia Makil was related to the shooting victim.

The pair was arrested after police conducted follow-up questioning during the course of the homicide investigation.

Police responded to a shooting at 545 N. Delaware St. about 5:45 a.m. and discovered Juan Jose Makil shot inside the residence and Varelas, who was not injured during the incident, according to Detective Seth Tyler, a Chandler police spokesman. The home is south of Galveston Street and close to Arizona Avenue.

Police are asking the public's help in locating Guadalupe Encinas Jr., a "person of interest" in connection to the homicide.

Encinas has been known to be in possession of firearms in the past. Police consider him to be armed and dangerous and are asking the public not to approach him, but to contact police.

Four men had entered the residence with one of the men shooting, according to police.

In 2003, Juan Jose Makil was sentenced to six years in prison for misconduct involving weapons. He was released in November 2008, according to Arizona Department of Corrections records.

Also in 2003, Varelas was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for an aggravated assault conviction. He was released in November 2010, according to prison records.

If anyone has any information, they can call Chandler police at (480) 782-4130.

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