Arizona road rage man is arrested for murder of female UberEats driver, 60, after police find photo of him on her phone: Victim took snap of him when he pulled up alongside her and was acting weird
Rusty French is believed to have killed retired teacher, Pamela Rae Martinez, 60, in a road rage incident in Glendale, Arizona.
French, 62, has been charged with the murder of Pamela Rae Martinez, a 60-year-old mother and grandmother and held in custody
Martinez, an UberEats driver, had just dropped off her final delivery of the night on June 11
French pulled up alongside her on the road in Glendale, Arizona, in his van and allegedly, ‘was acting weird’
Cops say a road-rage argument ensued and the victim took a photograph of French
She was then shot in her car and the other party drove away in his van
Police later found the cell phone image of Rusty French and matched a gun in his home to the firearm used in the crime
He admits he is the man in the photo, but claims he ‘blacked out’ after it was taken and has no idea what he did next
Police in Arizona arrested a 62-year-old man for the murder of a female UberEats driver after police found a photograph of him on the victim’s cellphone, taken seconds before he allegedly shot her dead.
The suspect identified as Rusty French, is believed to have killed retired teacher Pamela Rae Martinez, 60, in a road rage incident on June 11 in Glendale.
Martinez had just finished her final UberEats delivery and was on her way home when French pulled up alongside her vehicle.
He was in a van and was behaving so suspiciously that Martinez, a mother and grandmother, took a photo of him on her cell phone. Moments later, he shot her and drove away.
Cops have speculated that the killing may have been road-rage related, but remain unclear about a possible motive. They say French didn’t know Martinez, and that she had not been delivering food to him. A witness confirmed to responding officers that before the shooting, she saw Martinez sitting in her car on the side of the road with a man standing outside.
The man then got into a van parked next to her and drove off.
That’s when Martinez’s car rolled off the road into a landscaping area—and responding police found her dead inside. She had to be pried from the driver’s seat by paramedics.
She was later pronounced dead in the hospital, with investigators quickly realizing that she’d been shot, and that her injuries were unrelated to the minor car accident.
The police report states that the investigation revealed that Martinez had completed her last food delivery and for some reason took a photograph from her cell phone of a man sitting in his van alongside of her vehicle,” which also gave them details of his vehicle, police said in a statement.
The man was later identified as Rusty French.
French a resident of Peoria, was invited for questioning was identified from the cell phone photograph. He confessed to being the man in the photograph, claiming he ‘blacked out’ after it was taken and has no idea what he did next.
Authorities also searched his home and seized handguns, including one that matched the firearm used in the murder.
French has now been charged with murder and is behind bars.
Martinez’s family are grateful that she had the wherewithal to take a photo of the man before her death.
‘She solved her own homicide. I’m blessed that she did that.
The victim’s adult daughter Monique Daniels told local station 12 News the shooting resulted from a road-rage incident, during which her mother and French exchanged words after some sort of traffic conflict and that she deliberately took the photo as evidence.
“I know she knew what was going to happen,” she said. “And she was not going to let it happen without doing something,” Daniel said.
She said the family is devastated. Martinez was a strong-willed, vibrant woman who was into body-building well into her fifties—a “health nut” who loved sports and drank nutritious smoothies all day.