A man arrested by U.S. Marshal’s officers in Las Vegas in connection with a Tempe strong-arm robbery last month hours before the shooting death of an Arizona State University student had been released from probation for a similar crime less than 10 days before the robbery.
Tempe police Thursday night announced the arrest of Preston Aiookah Huteson, 21, in the Oct. 17 robbery near Stanley and Lemon, which occurred hours before Zachary Marco, 21, was fatally shot while walking along University Drive.
Marco’s shooting took place about 9:30 p.m. that evening near the ASU campus, less than a mile away from the site of the robbery that same day. Police say the suspects took his laptop computer and cell phone. Police said they believe Marco was defending his property when he was approached by at least two men walking in the 1100 block of East University Drive about 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 17.
Tempe police Sgt. Steven Carbajal told the Arizona State University State Press in an article published Thursday on its website that Tempe police wanted to question Huteson in relation to the death of Marco. However, Carbajal said there is nothing specific to link him to the crime.
Tempe police currently are not further commenting as to why they want to question Huteson. It was not immediately known when and where Huteson was arrested in Las Vegas or when he will be extradited to Arizona.
Huteson was arrested about 11 a.m. Tuesday near the Vegas strip, according to information from the U.S. Marshal’s Service in Las Vegas. He is being held in the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas as a fugitive from justice. He also had been arrested on Oct. 24 in Las Vegas on suspicion of driving without proof of insurance, with an expired license plate and a suspended license, according to Las Vegas records.
Huteson, who also has ties to California, was charged with aggravated robbery in 2009, stemming from an incident in Tempe when he and at least two other men approached a man they did not know and demanded his property, according to Maricopa County Superior Court records.
During that crime, which took place in the area Terrace and Lemon, the victim told police Huteson became confrontational with him and yelled, “What the (expletive) are you going to give me? You better give me something, or I’m going to sick the hounds on you!” according to court documents.
When Huteson saw the man’s iPod he further screamed at him, “You better (expletive) give me that right now!”
However, the victim refused to give up his iPod, but court documents say Huteson took the victim’s skateboard, valued at about $150, and placed it in his car. One of the other suspects then tried to punch the victim before chasing him down the street for about half a block. Huteson drove down the street and picked up the accomplice, according to the court documents.
The victim told police he feared for his life while he was being chased and was afraid he was going to be shot.
Court documents stated that Huteson’s vehicle had been described in several other street “jump-style” robberies and th victim later identified him from a line-up.
During court proceedings, Huteson later entered into a plea agreement and pleaded guilty to threatening and intimidating, the county court records stated. On Oct. 20, 2009, he was sentenced to 11 1/2 months probation and ordered to pay the victim between $150 to $500 in restitution. Huteson was released from probation on Oct. 8, according to court records. He did not comply with an order to participate in an anger management program, the documents stated.
Marco’s shooter is described as a black male in his early 20s, about 6 feet tall, with a thin build and a short haircut, wearing a white T-shirt, blue shorts and a red bandana. A second man believed to have been involved is described as black, approximately 25 years old, 5 feet 9 inches tall with a medium build and wearing a dark T-shirt. Both suspects may have fled in a newer model, dark colored, four-door small sedan.
Anyone with information about the incident can call Tempe police at (480) 350-8311 or Silent Witness at (480) 948-6377.