Lindsey Aguilar- Arizona- 2021 Jul 22, 2021 0:33:35 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Jul 22, 2021 0:33:35 GMT -5
(Above photo credit: azfamily.com via Phoenix Police Department)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Phoenix police are looking for a woman they say shot and killed a teenage girl inside a car earlier this month as two others have already been arrested. The 18-year-old on the loose has been identified as Lindsey Brianna Aguilar.
Phoenix Police Sgt. Mercedes Fortune said on Friday, 19-year-old Jesus Padilla was arrested and charged with first-degree murder by facilitation for his connection to the shooting death of 17-year-old Itzel E. Espinoza. She was found inside of a car in an alley near 35th and Southern avenues on July 3. Phoenix police say she was shot and died at the scene.
A second suspect, a 16-year-old boy, has also been arrested. Fortune said is facing a charged of abandonment of a body. He was booked into a juvenile detention center. He has not been identified since he's under 18.
According to court records, Padilla happened to be near 27th Avenue and Broadway Road, standing near Espinoza and Aguilar, who were fighting.
Espinoza ran to a parked car nearby, got inside, and locked the door. Aguilar banged on the window, demanding she gets out. Aguilar then asked Padilla for a gun. He took a gun from his pants then handed it to her, according to the police report. Aguilar then fired the gun multiple times, hitting Espinoza inside the car, court documents said. Aguilar then handed the gun back to Padilla, and they both left the scene, according to the police report.
Court records say Padilla was identified by a witness who reportedly saw the fight between the two teens and saw Padilla handing the gun over. Padilla admitted to police that he handed the gun over to Aguilar and witnessed her shooting the victim, investigators said.
"Pretty much one thing I will say is God is great, and they will pay for it, you know?" says Eduardo Espinoza, Itzel's father. Eduardo says detectives updated him on the case Monday morning, and he feels confident the people responsible for his daughter's murder will be brought to justice. In the meantime, Eduardo says he's having difficulty coping with the loss and has a hard time leaving the house.
He wants to let people know that he is grateful beyond words for all the help and support he has received from loved ones. "I don't have enough words or the right way to express my gratitude to every single one of them," says Eduardo. "I'm so grateful for all the people who actually reached to us."
Anyone with information about Aguilar is asked to call the Phoenix Police Department or Silent Witness at either 480-WITNESS (948-6377) or 1-800-343-TIPS (8477). Spanish speakers may call 480-TESTIGO (837-8446). (Click or tap phone number to call from this story on your mobile device.)
Thoughts? As far as I can tell, Aguilar is still at large as of today's posting date (July 22nd, 2021) since the above article is from only two days ago with no updates I could find online since. I will update if I see that status change and/or if anyone else emails us about a status change.
Aguilar needs to be caught and punished and I am in no way making excuses for her, but I do also have to wonder what has went wrong in our society when someone who is a technical adult but still basically a teenage girl can be this allegedly callous and cold-blooded. I also have to wonder what Jesus Padilla was thinking, when, him having a gun in the first place being another issue, allegedly decided to hand it over to Lindsey. What did he think his fellow teenage friend was going to do with a gun, go deer hunting?
Let's hope Lindsey Aguilar can be caught soon so there can be hopefully full justice for Itzel Espinoza.
UPDATE: As of September 28th, 2022, anyone with information on this fugitive's whereabouts can also call or text "In Pursuit" on the Investigation Discovery channel at 833-378-7783 and/or submit a tip at the show's website: www.InPursuitTips.com
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