Video surveillance links a man to a fatal stabbing at a 7-Eleven in Phoenix, court records show
Charging documents detail how video surveillance and a food assistance card helped identify the suspect in a fatal stabbing that occurred at a West Phoenix 7-Eleven on Oct. 26.
Sheldon Jabari Shield, 38, of Phoenix, was charged on suspicion of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Jose Martinez Zuaznavas, 56, outside the chain’s location near North 75th Street and Camelback Road, according to court documents.
Zwaznavas was found just after 2 a.m. on October 26 with at least one stab wound and was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. According to Phoenix policeWitnesses said a man was seen near the 7-Eleven before speeding away on a white bicycle heading south along the nearby Grand Canal, according to court documents.
Video footage taken shortly after 2 a.m. shows a man outside a 7-Eleven store walking up to Zuaznavas while sitting on the floor, with the male bending over and making a pushing motion before running out of sight, according to court documents.
Additional video footage from surrounding businesses showed a man between 20 and 30 years old walking in front of a 7-Eleven store around the time of the stabbing, according to court documents.
The clothing and backpack the man was wearing matched those of a person police identified as Shield, who was observed on in-store surveillance video a few hours before the incident, as detailed in court documents.
That person used a food assistance card that investigators traced to Shields and bore physical characteristics with the suspect, according to documents.
Charging documents state that some of the clothing worn by Zwaznavas’ assailant was the same clothing seen on the person identified as Schild in the surveillance video.
One witness said the suspect in the stabbing went by the name Shields, a name investigators found Shields using on social media, according to court documents.
Schild was arrested at his home on Sunday.
Schild was on probation for criminal trespassing in March 2022, court records show.
As of Tuesday, Schild was being held in jail on $1 million bail, jail and court records show. A preliminary hearing in Schild’s case is set for November 15, according to court records.
This article originally appeared on the Arizona Republic website: Sheldon Jabari Shield is linked to a fatal stabbing in Phoenix, records show