PD: DNA, surveillance video lead to man's arrest in Texas after shooting, killing Mesa woman

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Posted at 3:33 PM, Jan 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-30 19:51:03-05

MESA, AZ — A Mesa man has been arrested in Texas in connection to the shooting and killing of a woman on January 15.

Officers say after 13 days of an investigation, Mesa police say U.S. Marshals Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force and Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force aided in bringing in the man connected to the shooting Thursday.

On January 15 at around 2 a.m. officers say they heard a gunshot from an apartment complex while conducting a traffic stop near University and Mesa drives. The officers then began searching the area as dispatch also received a call for service for the same situation.

When officers arrived on the scene, they discovered a woman, later identified as 24-year-old Xzavia Williams, who had been shot and killed.

An investigation revealed that the suspect was identified as Cherdon Mitchell, after being seen on surveillance video in his vehicle at the apartment complex. Mitchell was also seen holding a Styrofoam cup that was found in a bush near the apartment unit.

Using DNA evidence from the Styrofoam cup, the suspect was identified as Cherdon Mitchell, five days later.

Detectives say they were also able to obtain surveillance video of the suspect in the same vehicle at a Circle K before the shooting occurred.

Mitchell's driver's license photo and registered vehicle were found to be a match with the surveillance videos.

A second-degree murder warrant was then granted for the arrest of Mitchell.

Mitchell was located and taken into custody in Frisco, Texas by the U.S. Marshals Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force Thursday.

"The swift development of intelligence and teamwork displayed by all agencies involved led to the arrest of this dangerous fugitive," said United States Marshal David Gonzales in a statement. "The Marshals Service is proud to assist our partners to ensure the accused is held accountable, wherever they may flee."

He is currently being held on a $500,000 bond.