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Peoria man arrested in Glendale cold case

Michael Bentley (Source: Glendale Police Department) Michael Bentley (Source: Glendale Police Department)

A Peoria man has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a cab driver in Glendale more than 13 years ago.

Michael Wayne Bentley, 32, was taken into custody by Peoria police at his workplace on Thursday.

They said his fingerprints, obtained through the booking process, matched latent prints lifted from a recovered carjacking vehicle from June 2000.

That helped Glendale police develop probable cause to arrest Bentley as a suspect in the unsolved homicide case.

Glendale police said 50-year-old Malcolm Gomes was found outside his taxi in the 6500 block of West Olive Avenue on June 2, 2000 at about 10:15 p.m. He had been shot and later died from his wounds.

A man seen running from the scene matched the description of someone involved in an armed carjacking at 66th and Olive avenues in Glendale.

Police determined the crimes were related, but the case then went cold.

Bentley was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on charges of first-degree murder and armed robbery.

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