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Phoenix PD Looking for Double-Murder Suspect

Phoenix PD Looking for Double-Murder Suspect
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A teenage girl and a young man were shot and killed Monday night in Phoenix, and police are still looking for the suspect.

Phoenix police are searching for 24-year-old Hector Taner Karaca, the man suspected of shooting Kristen Furgeri, 17, and Jose Villa, 25, at a Phoenix home Monday night.

Phoenix Police Sergeant Trent Crump says the shooting occurred around 11:30 p.m. at a guest house in the back of a main house near 27th Street and Indian School Road.

The people in the main house called police after hearing the gunshots, and they also saw a man, allegedly Karaca, running from the rear of the house.

The shooter got into a car owned by one of the victims and drove off.

That car, a white Hyundai Elantra, was found today abandoned in an alley near 19th Avenue and Buckeye Road, but Karaca was not there.

You can see a photo of Karaca below. Police say he has plenty of tattoos, including "South" on one forearm, and "Side" on the other, "Tucson" across his upper back, clowns on his chest, and "Chavez" across his stomach.


As you can see from that orange outfit in the above photo, Karaca's done some prison time. In fact, he was just released last month.

He served a little more than three years for hindering prosecution and transportation theft.

Tucson police believed Karaca was somehow involved in a convenience-store clerk's death in 2006, when he was 17, according to an account on the murder from the Arizona Daily Star.

Here's what the Star found out about him then:

Karaca has a long history of burglary going back to the age of 12 when he entered a home and stole CDs, video games, clothing and shoes, for which he was placed on juvenile intensive probation.

About four months later, he stole a bicycle and was convicted of theft. Karaca was ordered to take part in the VisionQuest High Impact Program while still on probation.

At age 13, Karaca burglarized a second home and was sentenced to a minimum of nine months in the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections.

Two years later, Karaca was caught driving a vehicle that contained a concealed shotgun. He was convicted of weapons misconduct and ordered to serve a minimum of 45 days at the juvenile detention center.


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