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Phoenix Police say they have arrested a suspect in the death of a Phoenix pastor who ministered to the homeless and former-inmate population but are still trying to locate a second man.

Jesse Armondo Monroy, 28, was arrested Thursday afternoon on suspicion of murder, burglary, armed robbery and kidnapping in connection with the Feb. 27 murder of Pastor Jack Moriarty, police spokesman Sgt. Jonathan Howard said.

Police believe Monroy and another man broke into Moriarty’s home, assaulted and robbed another occupant at gunpoint and shot and killed Moriarty during a confrontation. The duo then fled with stolen property, police said.

Moriarty, 53, was a pastor at the Redeemed Outreach Center, which is known for helping former inmates and the homeless in downtown Phoenix.

Witnesses stated that one of the men, later identified as Monroy, appeared to be wearing a wig during the attack. When detectives arrested Monroy at his residence, they found a wig matching the description as well as a gold colored Nissan that witnesses had also claimed to see driving from the scene, according to a probable-cause statement.

Monroy has previously spent time in jail in Arizona for theft and misconduct involving a weapon in which he spent four years in jail, according the Arizona Department of Corrections website. Monroy is currently being held in a Maricopa County Jail and is not eligible to be released on bond.

Last June, Catholic priest Rev. Kenneth Walker was murdered in a home invasion less than a mile away from where Moriarty was killed.

 

 

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