Phoenix police say two bail bondsmen were surrounded by a crowd while a man they had taken into custody yelled for someone to shoot them before they were gunned down in a north Phoenix neighborhood.
Nicholas Malicki, 23, was arrested Thursday, April 18 and booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail on two counts of first-degree murder.
David Brickert, 37, and Wesley Kampen, 39, had just taken 35-year-old Anthony Brian Giunta into custody Monday, April 15 after he failed to show for a hearing on weapons and drugs charges, according to a court document.
Giunta resisted and all three struggled before Giunta was eventually handcuffed and began taking him to their car.
A large crowd of family and friends became upset at the sight of facial injuries on Giunta and surrounded them as they were taking Giunta to their car, according to the document.
Giunta then yelled for someone to shoot them, and a man circled behind them, pulled a semiautomatic handgun and shot them at close range, allowing Giunta to escape, police said.
A couple of hours later, Giunta was taken into custody after he made his way into an apartment and held two people at bay. A 67-year-old Parkinson's patient and his 50-year-old caregiver were not allowed to leave their apartment, police said.
As search teams approached the apartment, Giunta fled on foot but was quickly caught.
Over the course of the next few days, with help from members of the community, Phoenix homicide detectives identified Malicki as the shooter, police said.
Members of the Major Offender Bureau located Malicki at his home near 2900 West Grovers. Malicki drove away and a traffic stop was conducted near 2500 West Cactus, where he was taken into custody, police said.
Maliki denied the charges and said he was being framed.
Both Giunta and Malicki were in court Wednesday, May 1, where they pled not guilty to the charges.
Their pretrial conference is set for June 19.
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