Homicide Arrest in 1998 Case

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  • Date:               1998
  • Location:        7000 West Encanto Avenue
  • Victim:            Pete Cadriel, Hispanic male, 17 years old (age at death)
  • Suspect:          Israel Lomeli, Hispanic male
  • Charges:         2nd Degree Murder

In July of 1998, the victim, suspect, and two additional friends committed a burglary at a home near 70th Drive and Oak.  These individuals removed vintage firearms and a coin collection from within the residence.  After the burglary, they planned to meet again to split the property taken in the burglary.  

When the victim and suspect met again, they became involved in an argument over the property.  The suspect then shot and killed the victim while they were both in the suspect’s home.  

After the murder the suspect disposed of the victim’s body by placing it in a residential trash receptacle.  He obtained the assistance of other individuals to transport the trash receptacle with the victim’s remains to another location.  The victim was left in the trash receptacle and taken to the rear of Brunswick Bowling Lanes near 7200 West Indian School Road.  

In August of 1998, Phoenix Police Homicide Detectives were called out to the Bowling alley regarding a body found in a trash receptacle.  They began their investigation however could not identify the victim at the time.  The case remained unsolved.  

In 2009, Phoenix Police Detectives reviewed this case and compared it to a missing person’s report the victim’s mother had filed in September of 1998.  Through DNA and dental records the victim was positively identified as Pete Cadriel however the homicide investigation remained unsolved.  

In 2013 Phoenix Homicide Detectives were contacted by an information source who provided details into the murder of Pete Cadriel.  Homicide investigators interviewed countless individuals who provided information related to this crime yet had remained silent this entire time.  A search warrant was obtained and evidence was collected at the suspect’s previous home where the murder occurred.  

On March 19, 2013, the suspect was arrested at his mother’s home.  Despite his denial in this crime, he was booked for 2nd Degree Murder.