Crime

Jose Zarate Killed Woman for Not Letting Him Date Her 13-Year-Old Daughter, MCSO Says

If a 25-year-old guy asks a woman if he can date her 13-year-old daughter, there's only one reasonable response -- hell no, you may not.

Jose Zarate apparently found this response so unreasonable that he killed the mother of the 13-year-old girl he was chasing, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

According to MCSO, Zarate went to the home of Maria Saucedo in Aguila -- in the northwest corner of Maricopa County -- on Monday night, where the 13-year-old girl also lives.

The Sheriff's Office says Zarate wanted to "express an interest in pursuing a romantic relationship with the underage teen," and wouldn't you know, mom said no.

Zarate's response, according to MCSO, was to retrieve a rifle and shoot Saucedo in the chest at "close range," right in front of the 13-year-old girl.

MCSO says one of "several witnesses" was able to disarm Zarate, but he was able to run away. Deputies found Zarate at his house Wednesday morning.

We're waiting to hear back from the Sheriff's Office how Zarate became interested in this 13-year-old girl.

Zarate was jailed on charges of murder and aggravated assault.

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Matthew Hendley
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