The Associated Press
LAKEWOOD, Pierce County — Police say a 29-year-old man wanted in connection with a 2012 homicide has been arrested after a police pursuit.
Lt. Chris Lawler says Jiffary Alexander Mendez was driving a stolen vehicle Sunday and led police on a chase. Mendez sped off but officers caught up with him when the car broke down. Mendez had an outstanding warrant for murder when police took him into custody Sunday.
The News Tribune of Tacoma says Mendez pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Monday in Pierce County Superior Court. He was ordered held in lieu of $1 million bail.
Mendez is charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, first-degree burglary and first-degree robbery in the death of Jaime Diaz-Solis.
Diaz-Solis was gunned down at a Lakewood apartment Nov. 12, 2012. Prosecutors contend Mendez and four others conspired to kill Diaz-Solis’ roommate and cousin, who they believed was a rival drug dealer but shot Diaz-Solis instead.
The four other men have been arrested and pleaded not guilty.