PD: Phoenix drive-by murder suspect arrested in California

Posted at 12:00 PM, May 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-31 15:00:51-04

A murder suspect from an August 2016 drive-by shooting has been extradited from California.

Police arrested 30-year-old Ricardo Adolfo Miranda on May 18 at the Deer Valley Airport after his extradition from Los Angeles County. 

A 'silent witness' tip led police to Miranda’s arrest on January 31 in Los Angeles. He is accused of murdering 45-year-old Stephen Michael Martis in a drive-by shooting near 53rd Avenue and McDowell Road in August.

Police say Stephen was walking north on 53rd Avenue, on the way to a friend's home when Miranda allegedly drove by in his dark colored truck and fired three to four shots, striking Martis.

Witnesses at the time told ABC15 that Martis ran and tried to use an SUV to shield himself from the bullets, but he was already hit. Police were able to get a description of the truck from home surveillance video.

Police learned that a few days after the shooting, Miranda's cousin, Tania, drove him and his family to Los Angeles International Airport where Miranda and his family flew to Seattle, eventually moving to the Los Angeles area where Tania brought him his truck and other evidence.

Miranda is being held on a $1 Million bond and has been charged with drive-by shooting and first-degree murder.

Tania has been charged with hindering prosecution for her role in transporting Miranda and hiding evidence.