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PD: Man arrested after deadly beating and robbery in Phoenix

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Posted at 2:06 PM, Nov 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-19 20:20:12-05

A man was arrested after deadly beating and robbery in Phoenix on Monday.

According to Phoenix police, officers responded to an injured person seen in bushes south of a business near 16th and Roosevelt streets around 6 a.m.

A customer alerted a Circle K clerk to a man who appeared to be dead in the bushes along with another man lying next to him, "pretending to be asleep," and contacted the police.

Officers found 67-year-old Oscar Guzman unresponsive with signs of trauma to his body.

The Phoenix Fire Department responded and declared Guzman deceased. Police say Guzman was covered in blood on his face, arms, and clothes. He also had "multiple fractures of the face."

Another man, later identified as 42-year-old Hector Zamarripa, was located near Guzman, also covered in blood and detained for questioning.

Zamarripa admitted to detectives that he was allegedly responsible for Guzman's death, saying he was cold so he stole Guzman's shirt and ring.

Court records show that Zamarripa admitted to punching Guzman in the groin several times but doesn't remember any other details of the beating.

Zamarripa is being held on a $500,000 cash bond on a charge of second-degree murder.