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, 62, has been charged with the murder of Pamela Rae Martinez
- Martinez, an UberEats driver, had just dropped off her final delivery of the night
- French pulled up alongside her on the road in Glendale, Arizona, in his van
- A road-rage argument ensued and Martinez took a photograph of French
- She was then shot dead in her car and French drove away in his van
- Police later found the cell phone image and matched a gun in French’s home to the firearm used in the crime
An Arizona man has been arrested 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.
Rusty French, 62, is believed to have killed retired teacher Pamela Rae Martinez, 60, in a road rage incident on June 11 in Glendale, Arizona.
Martinez – a much-loved mother and grandmother – 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.
Rusty French, 62, is believed to have killed Pamela Rae Martinez, 60, in a road rage incident on June 11 in Glendale, Arizona
After she was shot, Martinez’s car rolled off to the side of the road and she was pried from the driver’s seat by paramedics.
The 60-year-old woman 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 victim’s family say they are grateful she had the sense to take a photo of her killer before she was shot
Investigators looked through her cell phone afterwards and saw the photograph of French, which also gave them details of his vehicle.
He was then questioned and 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.
Police then found a gun in his home 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.
If not, this would be even harder,’ her daughter Monique Daniels told local station 12 News.
Daniels told of how her mother was a health-and-fitness fanatic who’d only recently given up bodybuilding.
The road in Glendale, Arizona, where Martinez was shot and killed on June 11
Tributes to the grandmother now sit by the side of the road where she was killed