La Mesa Murder Investigation


Sgt. Leanne WorthenPublic Affairs Unit


On June 24th, 2005 at approximately 8:25 p.m., the Yuma Police Department responded to 2037 E. La Mesa Street in reference to shots fired and a subject yelling for help.

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UPDATE: Grand Jury Indicted Preston Alton Strong

Since the incident occurred the Yuma Police Department has been actively investigating this case. After investigating a large number of leads, interviewing numerous people, and processing a significant amount of evidence, Detectives from the Yuma Police Department presented this case to a Yuma County Grand Jury.

The Grand Jury indicted Preston Alton Strong on 6 counts of first degree murder, one count of robbery and one count of burglary. On Wednesday, June 25, 2014, Preston Alton Strong was arrested on a warrant for these charges and booked into the Yuma County Detention Center.

Information released by: Sgt. Leanne Worthen

About The La Mesa Homicides

Luis RiosOn June 24th, 2005 at approximately 8:25 p.m., the Yuma Police Department responded to 2037 E. La Mesa Street in reference to shots fired and a subject yelling for help. The Police Department Dispatch Center received numerous 911 phones calls in reference to this incident. Upon arrival officers located Luis Rios, 35, with multiple gunshot wounds in the back yard of the residence. Luis Rios later died of his injuries at Yuma Regional Medical Center.

Adrienne Heredia and the four children.

Witnesses in the area described a Hispanic male walking back into the house immediately after the shooting. Officers set the perimeter, believing the suspect was still inside the residence, and the Yuma Police Department's Special Enforcement Team responded to the scene. Officers from the Yuma Police Department's Special Enforcement Team entered the residence and located Adrienne Heredia, 29, and her four children Andreas Crawford, 13; Enrique Crawford, 12; Inez Newman, 9; and Danny Heredia, 6; all cowardly murdered in their home.

Andreas CrawfordEnrique CrawfordGravesiteInez NewmanDanny Heredia

Contact Us With Information

We encourage anyone to call 928-343-4674 and talk directly to the detectives assigned to this case. Please leave a message if no one is available to answer your call.

La Mesa Murder Investigation Unit

Detective James Frazier
Detective Esmundo Tejeda
1500 S 1st Avenue
Yuma, Arizona 85364
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