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3 arrests made in slaying

Citizen Staff Report

Citizen Staff Report


Tucson police have arrested three men in connection with an early morning homicide Thursday at an East Side convenience store.

Joaquin Montano, 22, of Tucson is charged with first-degree murder, theft of a firearm and being a prohibited possessor of a firearm in the shooting death of Daniel J. Weitholter, 22, of South Woodland Road.

Montano was arrested after police stopped a car near another convenience market, at East 29th Street and South Alvernon Way. Two men with him, Armando Ramirez, 30, and Joshua Berume, 21, both of Tucson, are charged with theft of a firearm and being a prohibited possessor of a firearm. A female passenger with them in the car was not arrested.

Members of the police gang unit made the arrests after stopping a car that matched the description of one seen leaving the area near where Weitholter had been shot.

Weitholter apparently was shot about 2 a.m. Thursday, said police spokesman Sgt. Ramon Batista. Officers responding to reports of gunfire near a convenience market on East Golf Links Road near South Wilmot Road found Weitholter’s body in the parking lot.

The convenience store clerk told police an “altercation” occurred in the parking lot, but Batista did not know if it was an argument or a physical fight.

Police asked that anyone with any information about the shooting call 911 or the Pima County Attorney’s Office’s anonymous tipster program, 88-CRIME.

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