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Suspect in fatal robbery arrested

Citizen Staff Writer



A man police suspect was involved in a robbery Wednesday in which one of the robbers was shot and killed was booked into the Pima County Jail Wednesday night on a charge of first-degree murder, said Tucson police Sgt. Mark Robinson.

Steve Flores, 21, waived extradition from the Tohono O’odham Nation where he was arrested, Robinson said. Flores is charged with murder under the state’s felony murder rule.

It allows some individuals to be charged with murder, even though they did not kill someone, if they were involved in a crime in which a homicide took place.

Flores fled after a robbery attempt at Grand Market, 6250 S. Sixth Ave., Jan. 26, Robinson said.

In the incident, Raymond Martinez, 18, a suspected robber, entered the store with Flores, Robinson said.

Martinez, who lived near the store, shot the store owner, wounding him, then the store owner shot back and killed Martinez, Robinson said.

Flores is being held on $500,000 bail and on $5,000 bail on two charges of assault, a jail records worker said Thursday.

The store owner was treated at a hospital for an injury that was not life-threatening, police said.

Suspect in fatal robbery charged with murder

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