One man is dead and another is in custody as the result of an altercation in front of a downtown Nogales smoke shop last Friday night.
The Nogales Police Department identified the victim as Hansel Aleman, and Lt. Robert Thompson said he worked at the Silver Clouds Smoke Shop at 411 North Grand Ave., where the incident occurred. Aleman has previously been quoted in the NI as the co-owner of the shop, and online records identified him as a 31-year-old resident of Rio Rico.
Daniel Navarro, 31, was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder in connection with Aleman’s death. Booking information identified Navarro as a Nogales resident who works as a teacher's aide for the Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District.
“Daniel was involved in a physical altercation that caused the death of the other male subject involved,” the arresting NPD officer wrote on Navarro’s booking form.
NPD responded to the scene after receiving a call shortly before 10 p.m. on Friday and the Nogales Fire Department transported Aleman to Holy Cross Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at approximately 10:10 p.m.
Thompson could not give a cause of death, but said there were no weapons involved.
He said NPD interviewed two witnesses at the scene who were not involved in the fight, and the department plans to check for security cameras in the area that might have captured the incident.
Thompson added that NPD had taken multiple cell phones and vehicles into custody as part of the investigation, but said police did not have a suspected motive.