Phoenix Police arrested two men in connection with the brutal murder of 17 year old aspiring 2016 Olympic boxing hopeful Alexis Urbina on Friday November 8. Urbina was found unconscious on a floor in his South Phoenix home on September 3 and transported to Banner Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix where he passed two days later as a result of severe trauma to his head which caused his brain to swell three times its’ normal size.
23 year old Joseph Jessie Corrales was the first suspect arrested and he told Channel 3 television reporter Karen Brown,at the Maricopa County Jail facility, that he had nothing to do with the murder, but he did concede that he drove 22 year old Robert Chavez to Urbina’s house and heard what sounded like fighting inside the home. Joseph’s information led police to the arrest of Chavez and both men are being detained at the Maricopa County Jail Facility in Phoenix awaiting criminal proceedings. Corrales pleaded guilty to burglary charges in 2009 and it is not known whether or not Chavez and Corrales knew the victim.
When contacted, the Urbina family expressed relief that the arrests were made. It is not known what led to the apprehension and arrest of the two suspects, but the Arizona boxing community was very active and vocal in pursuit of the killer(s). A billboard was put up and hundreds of flyers were handed out and posted on windows throughout the city of Phoenix. And the Phoenix media deserve a high five for the attention they gave the story. A special thank you to the Phoenix Police Department.