UberEats driver, 60, snapped photo of ‘killer before being shot dead’
Arizona man in rage has been arrested for murdering female UberEats driver, 60, after police found a photo of him on her phone: Victim took a photo of him stopping next to her and acting weird
- Rusty French, 62, has been charged with the murder of Pamela Rae Martinez
- Martinez, an UberEats driver, had just brought her last delivery of the night
- French stopped next to her on the road in Glendale, Arizona, in his van
- An argument broke out over the road and Martinez took a photo of French
- She was then shot dead in her car and French drove off in his van
- Police later found the cell phone image and linked a gun at 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 photo of him on the victim’s cell phone seconds before he allegedly shot her.
Rusty French, 62, is believed to have killed retired teacher Pamela Rae Martinez, 60, in a traffic accident on June 11 in Glendale, Arizona.
Martinez – a beloved mother and grandmother – had just completed her last UberEats delivery and was on her way home when French pulled up next to her car.
He was in a van and was acting so suspicious that Martinez, a mother and grandmother, took a picture of him on her cell phone.
Moments later, he shot her and drove off.
Police speculated that the murder may have been related to a traffic altercation, but remain unclear as to a possible motive. They say French didn’t know Martinez and she didn’t bring him any food.
Rusty French, 62, is believed to have killed Pamela Rae Martinez, 60, in a June 11 traffic accident in Glendale, Arizona
After she was shot, Martinez’s car rolled to the side of the road and was pulled from the driver’s seat by paramedics.
The 60-year-old woman was later pronounced dead at the hospital, with investigators quickly realizing that she had been shot and that her injuries had nothing to do with the minor car accident.
Victim’s family say they are grateful she had the sense to take a photo of her killer before she was shot
Investigators then looked through her cell phone and saw French’s photo, who also gave them details of his vehicle.
He was then questioned and confessed to being the man in the photo, claiming he “blacked out” after the photo was taken and had no idea what he was doing next.
Police then found a gun in his home that matched the firearm used in the murder.
French is now charged with murder and behind bars.
Martinez’s family is grateful they had the means to take a photo of the man before her death.
“She solved her own murder. I am blessed that she did.
If not, this would be even more difficult,” her daughter Monique Daniels told the local station 12 News.
Daniels shared how her mother was a health and fitness fanatic who had only recently given up bodybuilding.
The road in Glendale, Arizona, where Martinez was shot on June 11
Tribute to the grandmother now sits on the side of the road where she was killed