Phoenix police make arrest in seemingly random slaying of grandfather, 74

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Phoenix police this week arrested a suspect on suspicion of murder in connection with last month’s violent slaying of an elderly man.

Juanito Falcon, 74, was walking in a Phoenix neighborhood on Feb. 16 when he was allegedly hit in the face by the suspect “for no apparent reason,” court documents said, according to FOX 10 of Phoenix.

Falcon fell and hit his head on the pavement. He reportedly suffered a fractured skull and brain bleeding and died two days later in a hospital.

The suspect ran from the scene but Falcon managed to identify the suspect’s car and part of the license plate number before he ultimately died, the Arizona Republic reported. 

The suspect, identified as Marcus Williams, was arrested Wednesday and booked into jail on a $500,000 bond.

Marcus Williams, left, was arrested this week on suspicion of murder in a violent attack on Juanito Falcon last month.
(Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office/Phoenix Police Department)

“Detectives have been unable to uncover a motive for this attack,” police said, according to FOX 10.

No one should have to go through what her father suffered, Malou Acunin, Falcon’s daughter, said in a statement.

“I have a lot of questions,” she said of the attack. “I want this incident to be a cause of awareness to everybody. I don’t want the same incidence of violence and crime to happen to anybody — especially to the elderly. My father was just doing his morning walk. He was a good man and loved by many. He could have lived longer with his family if this didn’t happen.” 

Falcon’s death came amid an uptick in anti-Asian crimes across the country but it was unclear if the assault was race-based, police said. Falcon was of Filipino descent.

“We don’t know why this occurred, which is what makes it even more tragic,” said Ann Justus of the Phoenix Police Department, according to FOX 10. “Sometimes we just don’t ever find out the why.”

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