Man Wanted in 1988 Arizona Murder Arrested in Roscoe

By: Meghan Dwyer
By: Meghan Dwyer

Police Press Release: On Monday April 16, 2012 members of the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Police assisted Detectives from the Phoenix Arizona Police Department in the apprehension of a murder suspect.

A first degree murder warrant had been issued in Maricopa County Arizona for the arrest of Steven Michael Humelhans (male 41yrs old).
The warrant was issued April 4, 2012 for a murder which took place in 1988 in Phoenix.
Winnebago County Sheriff’s detectives have been working with the Phoenix detectives and determined that Humelhans was living on Edgemere Terrace in Roscoe,Illinois.
On Monday evening (4-16-12) Sheriff’s detectives and deputies, along with Phoenix detectives went to Humelhans’ residence and he was taken into custody without incident.
Humelhans was lodged in the Winnebago County Jail pending extradition to Arizona.
The charge against Humelhans is merely an accusation. He is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in court.

ROSCOE (WIFR) -- A 1988 robbery of a Dominoes Pizza leads detectives from Phoenix, Arizona to Roscoe to arrest a local man.

In tonight's Operation Safer Streets segment, we have exclusive details on what happened and how police tracked him down decades later.

The case sat cold for more than 20 years because of a lack of evidence, but new evidence led police to Roscoe.

41-year-old Steven Humelhans is accused of murdering a night manager at a Phoenix Dominoes when he was just 17-years-old. He was arrested and charged in 1996, but the Maricopa State's Attorney was forced to release him because of a lack of evidence. He allegedly got away with 22 hundred dollars in cash and checks. Police say he locked the victim in the trunk of a car and shot him several times.

Winn. Co. Sheriff's Detective Dominic Iasparro said, "We had been working with the Phoenix detectives, they actually came to Rockford, the arrest warrant was active and we went to this location on Edgemere Terrace with the other detectives and he was taken into custody without incident."

Police say they have his fingerprint on one of the stolen checks. They were thrown out of the window of the get away car,but one of them was found by a construction worker. Humelhans was arrested at his home in Roscoe Monday night.

His family says he has been here since at least 1998. He's been living in Roscoe with his three Children working as a roofer.

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