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Police finally able to make arrest in murder of 16-year-old

Police arrested 19-year-old Ashley Marie Antone and 20-year-old Emannuel Rivera on Friday, Nov. 30 for their involvement in the murder of 16-year-old Kaitlin Chico, according to Sgt. Maria Hawke with the Tucson Police Department.

Police finally able to make arrest in murder of 16-year-old

CREATED Dec 1, 2012

Web Producer: Taylor Higgins

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) – Police have now garnered enough evidence to arrest two individuals for their involvement in the death of a 16-year-old girl who was killed in May. 

Homicide detectives originally obtained an arrest warrant for 19-year-old Ashley Marie Antone on Thursday, May 31, two days after the death of 16-year-old Kaitlin Chico, but initial charges were dropped pending further investigation. 

Police arrested Antone and 20-year-old Emannuel Rivera on Friday, Nov. 30 for their involvement in the murder of Chico, according to Sgt. Maria Hawke with the Tucson Police Department. 

They were both charged with one count of second-degree murder. 

Tucson police received multiple calls about a vehicle that was driving erratically on the roadway near the intersection of east 22nd Street and south Alvernon Way at around 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29, according to Hawke. 

Hawke says witnesses reported that it appeared people inside the vehicle were engaged in a physical altercation while driving near the intersection. 

Once motorist followed the car to the area of east Broadway Blvd. and north Craycroft Road and assisted officers who were trying tp locate the vehicle. 

An officer in the area located a vehicle matching the witnesses’ original description, a blue, 2011 Ford Focus, leaving a residential neighborhood. The officer followed the vehicle until it came to a stop in a commercial parking lot. 

The officer then witnessed two occupants, a man and a woman, run from the vehicle. 

According to Hawke, the woman that ran from the vehicle, Antone, was located and apprehended on the property of the Embassy Suites Hotel, which is adjacent to the parking lot where the vehicle had come to a stop. 

As officers were searching for the man who ran from the vehicle, they located 16-year-old Kaitlin Chico, who was suffering from obvious signs of trauma, in the 5400 block of East 9th Street, Hawke says. 

Chico was transported to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. 

The man seen fleeing the scene, 20-year-old Emannuel Rivera, was located the following day but he was not arrested or charged with a crime related to Chico’s death at this time. 

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