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Homicide at McDonalds – Suspect Arrested
July 29, 2018 UPDATE
BLYTHE, Calif – On Saturday, July 28 at about 6:00 a.m., a suspect in the homicide that occurred at McDonalds in Blythe was taken into custody without incident. Troy Elliot Washington (age 49 of Santa Paula) was found in the area of the Flying J Travel plaza in Ehrenberg, Arizona.
See previous article Homicide at McDonalds
Police had identified Washington as a person of interest due to his relationship with the victim in this case and video surveillance at various locations.
Blythe Police obtained an arrest warrant for Washington charging him with homicide. Washington was booked in La Paz County Jail in Parker, Arizona where he is being held on a one million dollar bail. Police are not releasing a photo of Washington due to additional investigatory leads that need to be completed. No additional suspects are being sought.
Chief Jeff Wade stated that he was very proud of the initial response by patrol officers. “Officers were able to quickly locate vital witnesses to the murder which ultimately led investigators to the suspect.” Wade also thanked the La Paz County Sheriff, Quartzsite Police, and the United States Border Patrol Agents who assisted in tracking Washington in the Ehrenberg area. “Without the help of our allied agencies we would not have been able to locate our suspect in such a short amount of time.”
Wade also commended his Investigations staff for piecing all the evidence from various scenes together. “Blythe should be proud of their Detectives and Forensic Evidence staff. I would rank them at the top in comparison to any large law enforcement agency,” stated Wade.
The motive for the homicide is still under investigation, but it appears that Washington and the victim were in an unstable relationship. Police will release the name of the victim upon positive identification and notification of family.
Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Anyone with information regarding this case, or any other crime, is urged to contact Blythe Police Department at 922-6111, or they can give their information anonymously by calling Crime Stop at 921-CARE (2273) or by E-Mail.
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