A man Mesa police arrested Saturday in connection with a weekend shooting death has been tied to the slaying of a convenience store clerk on May 31, officers said.
Police said Keishaun Green, 20, has not admitted to shooting and killing 52-year-old Ibrahin Robles Sr. but officers said he is being considered as a suspect in that case after reviewing physical evidence at both crime scenes.
Robles was on duty at the Valro gas station near Broadway and Gilbert roads when he was shot at about 11 p.m. A customer who was inside the store at the time of the shooting called 911.
Officers said they arrested Green and a 15-year-old boy after their descriptions matched those of the suspects behind Saturday's shooting death 52-year-old Darwin Banks. Banks, who was shot at 1750 S. Toltec in Mesa, was able to give a suspect description before he was rushed to the hospital. He died several hours later.
Police said initial information led detectives to believe the shooting was related to a drug deal between Banks and Green.
Green and the teenage boy were booked into jail. Each one faces one count of first-degree murder.
Robles son, 19-year-old Ibrahin Robles Jr., works as a manager at the same Valero station that employed his father.
Robles Jr. said the suspect left the store without stealing anything.
"I would assume there was an altercation previously between the two that made this guy want to come back and hurt him and get revenge," he said.
"I want them to catch him," said Robles Jr. "I want to be there for every court date. I want to look him in the eye, and I want to know why he did it. I want him to be penalized. I want him to go to jail for as long as they can put him there for."
He said his father's killer has robbed the family of an honorable man who served his country for 15 years in the Army.
"I have to live the rest of my life, his grandson, his sons, his kids, his mother - they have to live the rest of their lives knowing he died this way," said Robles Jr. "Someone didn't think. They shot him, and it's really just pathetic."
An account has been set up at Chase Bank to help his family with funeral expenses.
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