San Diego homicide suspect caught in Phoenix

Posted at 8:15 AM, Oct 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-03 11:15:39-04

A man wanted in a 2014 San Diego homicide was arrested in Phoenix this week after a tip led authorities to the Valley.

Neil Downey, 26, and another man allegedly shot a victim outside of a hookah lounge last November in San Diego. The first suspect was taken into custody in April 2015, but Downey remained on the run until Thursday.

Downey has an extensive history of violence on children and police in addition to his connection with the homicide in California, according to U.S. Marshals.

Since August, U.S. Marshals investigated tips that Downey may be hiding in the Phoenix or Mesa area and finally tracked him down leaving a home in the area of 21st Avenue and Turney.

"The level of interagency cooperation exhibited during this investigation was second to none," David Gonzales, U.S. Marshal for the District of Arizona said in a media release. "This collaborative effort resulted in the capture of a violent fugitive and made the Valley a safer place."

Downey is currently awaiting extradition to San Diego at the Maricopa County 4th Avenue Jail.