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Fugitive Friday: Help solve Glendale murder

and last updated 2019-07-12 07:55:23-04

Fugitive Friday

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Wanted: Ervin Mendoza

Charges: Murder

On Sunday, July 12, 2015, Glendale police got a report of gunfire around 9 p.m. from an area near 67th Avenue and Georgia, just north of Camelback Road. When Glendale police arrived, they found 25-year-old Damon Brandon Yazzie had been shot several times. The Chinle, Ariz. man was treated by the Glendale Fire Department, but firefighters could not save him.

Detectives determined Yazzie came across Mendoza and a girl who got on a bus earlier that night. The bus took them along 67th Avenue to Camelback Road where the route ended and everyone had to get off. They got off the bus around 8:30 p.m. and walked northbound along 67th Avenue.

Yazzie was talking with the girl and later, as they walked near Missouri Avenue, Mendoza came into the picture.

The next thing we know is that Yazzie and Mendoza were seen running south from that location into a neighborhood. Moments later, Yazzie was shot and killed.

Mendoza and the girl were last seen running away from the scene together just north of the Don Mensendick School at 67th Avenue and Missouri.

If you have information regarding this murder, please contact Glendale Police Detectives at 623-930-3173 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

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