first responders

Police: Apache Junction woman, 68, killed; suspect arrested

Posted 9/18/20

Jay Hungerford, 30, has been arrested and charged in the second-degree murder of Joan Sirhan, 68, Apache Junction Police Department said.

Police responded at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, …

To Our Valued Readers –

Visitors to our website will be limited to five stories per month unless they opt to subscribe.

For $5.99, less than 20 cents a day, subscribers will receive unlimited access to the website, including access to our Daily Independent e-edition, which features Arizona-specific journalism and items you can’t find in our community print products, such as weather reports, comics, crossword puzzles, advice columns and so much more six days a week.

Our commitment to balanced, fair reporting and local coverage provides insight and perspective not found anywhere else.

Your financial commitment will help to preserve the kind of honest journalism produced by our reporters and editors. We trust you agree that independent journalism is an essential component of our democracy. Please click here to subscribe.

Sincerely,
Charlene Bisson, Publisher, Independent Newsmedia

Please log in to continue

Log in
I am anchor
first responders

Police: Apache Junction woman, 68, killed; suspect arrested

Posted

Jay Hungerford, 30, has been arrested and charged in the second-degree murder of Joan Sirhan, 68, Apache Junction Police Department said.

Police responded at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17, to the report of an assault at an apartment complex in the 800 block of South San Marcos Drive.

“When the officers arrived they discovered 68-year-old Joan Sirhan lying on the ground. She was unconscious and had sustained extensive injuries to her face and head,” AJPD Cpl. Marshall Harshman said.

“Ms. Sirhan had reportedly just visited her daughter and grandchildren and was walking to her car in order to go home when she was attacked. Ms. Sirhan was transported to Banner Desert Hospital where she was pronounced deceased,” he said.

While officers were at the scene they were able to identify a suspect, 30-year-old Jay Hungerford, police said.

Mr. Hungerford was arrested and transported to the Pinal County Detention Center where he is being held and awaiting his initial appearance on the charge of second-degree murder, police said.

“Hungerford and Sirhan had no previous contact with each other prior to the incident and it appears to be an unprovoked attack,” Cpl. Harshman said.

The Criminal Investigations Division is investigating the incident, police said.

Comments