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Jan 2, 2014 12:50 AM by Samantha Ptashkin

TPD questioning man in connection with New Year's Day homicides

TUCSON- Tucson Police have detained a man for questioning in connection with two New Year's Day murders on the south side.

At around 4pm on Wednesday afternoon, TPD surrounded a home near Adams and 6th Avenue. They handcuffed one man and took him into custody.

Nick Torio saw the police cars, as he was taking his dogs out for a walk. "There are wackos everywhere and you don't know who's who anymore," Torio says.

The incident started just before 4am Wednesday. Detectives say a man and a woman got out of a yellow sedan with the words "Yellow Cab" in the 2200 Block of East Sunland Vista. Shortly after the cab left the area, a vehicle approached the male and female and a fight began.

One of the males involved in the incident got into a vehicle and intentionally ran over three victims. It is unclear which party the suspect driver was originally with.

When officers arrived they located a 47-year-old female who was pronounced dead at the scene. A 32-year-old male later died from his injuries at a hospital. A 43-year-old woman remains in the hospital with life threatening injuries.

The suspect fled the scene. "I feel a little uneasy because I have two grandkids in the house and my daughter and my wife," says Christopher Johnson, who lives nearby.

"You never know who's who these days," Torio says. "You think somebody's nice and then something like this happens, so you can't really judge a book by its cover."

Detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying the driver of the cab. If you have any information, call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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