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Murder suspect arrested near 40th and Van Buren streets, facing multiple charges

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Posted at 10:29 AM, Apr 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-06 22:58:07-04

PHOENIX — A suspect has been arrested for the murder of a 50-year-old man that happened near 40th and Van Buren streets last week.

Phoenix police said around 12:30 p.m. Friday, officers responded to an unknown call in the area and located a man with extensive injuries to his head.

Firefighters transported the man, identified as 50-year-old John Weeks, to a local hospital where he died.

According to court paperwork, Weeks worked at a tow yard and was shot and killed by 28-year-old Donovan Johnson after a deal over a vehicle turned south.

Johnson is also accused of assaulting a man and pointing a gun at him during a separate incident. The victim says Johnson and a group of people were yelling inappropriate comments at his female partner, so he started to take a video of the incident. Johnson and the group stole the victim's phone, allegedly assaulted him, and pointed a gun at him during the incident.

Johnson, who was located by officers in a stolen vehicle on Monday, was taken into custody.

Authorities say Johnson was booked into jail and faces multiple charges that include first-degree murder, armed robbery, and theft of means of transportation.