May 4, 2023

USA: Man Arrested Tonight In Connection To Phoenix Woman Found Dead On Hiking Trail A Mile From His Home. She Was Viciously Stabbed To Death In Broad Daylight. DNA Led To His Arrest.

UPDATE 5/6/23 at 5:01pm: Added info below.

I had to change my headline from raped to stabbed to death. He stabbed her 15 times. So there's a significant twist to this trajedy. The killer spoke to detectives about growing up as a Christian struggling with his sexuality and is concerned about the salvation of his soul. According to court documents he said, "There is no freaking way I'm here for a sex crime. I haven't been with anyone for a long time." He told police that he wanted to look like her. When asked if he planned the murder he said, "I'm definitely not the person who plans to kill another person. If I was going to do something like that it wouldn't be premeditated."

The killer's mother works for Maricopa County Adult Probation Department. He has a prior criminal record and was released early from prison last November. He was recently fired from his job for being aggressive toward female coworkers. (emphasis mine)
FOX 10 Phoenix published May 5, 2023 Lauren Heike Murder: Police officials release new details in homicide investigation. Days after a woman was killed along a hiking trail in North Phoenix, police have arrested the person they believe is responsible for the murder. The suspect, identified as Zion Teasley, was arrested about 1.5 miles away from where the murder happened, and police have released new details surrounding the investigation, as well as Teasley's arrest on May 4. FOX 10's Justin Lum reports.
Murder is already a crime. This monster used a knife to stab his victim to death.

We don't have a knife problem. We don't have a gun problem. We have a lack of self-control problem, a criminal supremacists problem and a Commie Democrats local district attorney's, judges, parole officers soft on crime problem, not doing shit to catch the criminals as in crimes go unsolved, and when they do catch the criminals, they immediately release them back onto the streets to allow them to continue terrorizing the community. These same people siding with the criminals want to take away YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT to keep and bear arms in order to defend yourself, your business, your family and home against these criminal supremacists and a tyrannical government. Remember, criminals DO NOT obey laws. Therefore, criminals will have access to guns through gun trafficking venues and you will be left defenseless with no guns because the same government siding with criminals THEY'RE ALLOWING to terrorize you with guns said they wanted to keep you safe from guns. The anti-gun prosecutors are not even prosecuting gun crimes. But god forbid you kill an intruder, robber or rapist in self-defense in your home or on your private property, these same Commie Democrat district attorneys or prosecutors will charge you with murder and have you locked up for years in prison. (emphasis mine)
AZFamily | Arizona News published May 4, 2023: LIVE: Phoenix Police make arrest in Lauren Heike murder. Phoenix police are giving an update on the man arrested in connection to the murder of Lauren Heike.
AZFamily | Arizona News published May 4, 2023: New insight into the arrest made in the murder of Lauren Heike. The suspected murderer of Lauren Heike was arrested at a Scottsdale apartment complex and we dive into what's next for the case.
12 News published May 4, 2023: Police arrest suspect in death of 29-year-old Lauren Heike. Authorities say a man in his 20s is in custody after Heike’s body was discovered close to a neighborhood near Mayo Boulevard and Scottsdale Road on Saturday.
written by Alexis Cortez
Thursday May 4, 2023

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Investigators say a man is in custody in connection to the murder of a woman on a north Phoenix trail. Investigators confirmed the suspect in his early 20s was arrested around 6:30 p.m. at his apartment near Scottsdale and Bell roads on Thursday, less than a mile from the trail where 29-year-old Lauren Heike’s body was found. Officers haven’t released his name. Sources tell Arizona’s Family the suspect is 23 years old and is linked to the crime through DNA. They also say the suspect stabbed Heike multiple times.

According to Sgt. Melissa Soliz, the man is the same person as the one on the video clip released by police this week. “Right now, he is the person that we believe to be responsible or in connection to the murder of Lauren Heike,” she said. Soliz didn’t say if the suspect knew Heike.

While more details about the suspect are expected to be released on Friday, Soliz says investigators have been working around the clock. “Our detectives are going to ensure that every piece of evidence is looked at carefully, every angle and give their full effort on this case,” she said. “We’re hoping that the community can rest a little easier knowing this person is off the streets.”

Investigators say last Friday, Heike was on the Reach 11 trail near Scottsdale Road and Mayo Boulevard when she was ambushed from behind and killed. Her body wasn’t discovered until Saturday morning because it was not visible from the trail. Police say the suspect stood out on the trail wearing dark clothes.

On Wednesday, Lauren’s parents and friends made emotional pleas, asking for justice and help in finding her alleged killer. Her parents also shared about the kind of person their daughter was. “As hard as this is for us, we’re grateful because we had such a beautiful child. We will love her every minute that we are on this Earth,” said Lauren’s mother, Lana. “She was my little girl. I’m really going to miss her,” said Lauren’s father, Jeff.

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