Man arrested on burglary charges faces judge - Tucson News Now

Man arrested on burglary charges faces judge

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The man arrested on charges of breaking into a midtown home, where a Tucson police sergeant was later shot, has just gone before a judge.

Richard Mendoza Jr., 29, was seen before a judge on two counts of burglary and weapons charges. But keep in mind, even though this suspect was arrested for his alleged connection to that break in that led to the shooting, he is not facing charges for the shooting.

Mendoza is being held in the Pima County Jail without bond because he's already facing felony charges in an unrelated case.

Tucson police arrested Mendoza after searching the Randolph Park Hotel, just down the street from the home that was targeted and where Sergeant Robert Carpenter was shot in the head.

Police believe Mendoza had been staying at the hotel so, they searched inside rooms as well as a U-Haul truck parked outside the hotel.

"We don't have any evidence right now to connect him directly to the shooting of Sgt. Carpenter, however we are still exploring that idea.  Right now we have arrested him for the burglaries that occurred that night," said Tucson Police Sergeant Chris Widmer. 

Police are calling the arrest a big lead, but they are still asking the public for help.

There is now a $26,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for the shooting.

Anyone with information is urged to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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