Daniel Lee Cook turns self in to Phoenix police after death of maintenance worker

PHOENIX - A man wanted in connection with the weekend murder of a maintenance worker has surrendered to Phoenix police.

Officer James Holmes said suspect Daniel Lee Cook was taken into custody around 1 p.m. Monday as police continue to look for answers in the death of 22-year-old Richard Allen Bankston.

Bankston was a maintenance worker at the Nueva Vista Apartments, near 17th Avenue and Hatcher Road.

Police were called to the complex around 11:45 a.m. Sunday in response to a fight between Bankston and Cook, a resident at the complex. The two were physically fighting when both fell into the swimming pool, Holmes said.

The men got out of the pool and continued fighting when Cook allegedly hit Bankston with an object, causing an upper body injury.

Cook left the area with blood on him, witnesses told police.

Bankston was taken to a local hospital where he later died.

Officers searched for Cook but were not able to find him. Police released a photo of Cook on Monday morning, and he self-surrendered hours later, Holmes said.

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