After a mad search through two counties, police have arrested three Payson residents they say are involved in the shooting death of two men in Apache Junction Monday.
The bodies of Edward L. Reagan Jr., 42, of Apache Junction and Jamie G. Mountain, 22, of Mesa, were found dead with multiple gun shot wounds in an RV in the 500 block of North Gold in Apache Junction.
A citizen had called police after hearing gunshots in the motor home around 10:30 p.m.
“It appears from initial information that it was a drug transaction that went sideways,” said Capt. Thomas Kelly with the Apache Junction Police Department.
Kylan Rubio, 25, of Strawberry, was arrested on charges of second-degree murder, conspiracy to possess/distribute narcotics and firearm violations.
Nikki Small, 30, and Timothy Bunting Jr., 30, both of Payson, were arrested on charges of facilitation of second-degree murder and conspiracy to possess/distribute narcotics.
Around 6 p.m. Tuesday, half a dozen unmarked vehicles swarmed around Small’s vehicle at the intersection of Highway 87 and Bonita Street, quickly taking her into custody.
At 2 a.m., Bunting was arrested with Rubio taken into custody at 4 a.m.
All were apprehended in the Payson/Strawberry area, Kelly said.
Small formerly worked as a security supervisor and Bunting was an all-region running back on the 1998 Longhorns football state championship team. He also represented Payson as a member of the Arizona All-Star football team in Australia.
Rubio is believed to be involved with a shooting in Payson on West Frontier Street July 10, said a Payson Police detective.
Kelly said local officers with the Payson Police Department and Gila County Sheriff's Office, along with the United States Marshal Service Fugitive Task Force, were instrumental in apprehending all three suspects.