Police are investigating a seventh homicide for possible links to the Serial Shooter crime spree. Tony Mendez, 39, was killed while riding a bicycle at 2333 N. 48th Lane, in Phoenix, at 10:30 p.m., on May 17, 2005.
The location is near 51st Avenue, between Thomas and McDowell roads.
The killing would be the first in a 14-month-long crime spree that police believe included 39 incidents that includes murders, attempted murders, animal killings, attempted animal killings, arsons and property damage attributed to the Serial Shooters.
Police arrested two Mesa men, Dale S. Hausner, 33, and Samuel John Dieteman, 31, late Thursday. They are being held without bond on suspicion of two-first degree murders and 14 counts of attempted first-degree murder.
“Mr. Dieteman and Mr. Hausner are not suspects in that (Nendez) case,” said Phoenix Police Sgt. Andy Hill.
They could become formal suspects and face charges after investigators gather more evidence, he said.
Members of a multi-agency task force are reviewing older unsolved crimes to determine whether they may be related to the Serial Shooter cases.
Hill declined to speak about previous comments by Hausner to the St. Paul Pioneer Press in which he said he was not responsible for the crimes.
“I feel very sorry for the families of the people who were hurt, but I didn’t do it,” he told the newspaper in a jailhouse interview.
He suggested that Dieteman might have driven his car to commit the crimes.