Nov. 29, 2023 — The Queen Creek Police Department (QCPD) is continuing to make progress on the homicide investigation as a result of the incident that took place on Oct. 28.
While the police department needs probable cause for an arrest, successful prosecution requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt. This investigation is extensive, intricate, and complex. And it continues to be a top priority for the department, ensuring thoroughness and accuracy.
“We understand the community wants an arrest or more information about why an arrest has not taken place,” stated QCPD’s Chief of Police, Randy Brice. “While we cannot release information that could compromise the prosecution of this case, I want to reiterate that we want more than just an arrest. We want to ensure that those involved are convicted. We remain committed to helping bring justice to the individuals who participated in this terrible crime. We appreciate the community’s patience and outpouring of support for the family as they grieve the senseless loss of Preston. The community walk that was held last night was a true showing of support from our community for the family.”
To date, more than 200 tips have been received and processed, including 29 through the FBI. Each and every tip has to be reviewed, assigned, investigated, and documented. It is important to note not all tips lead to significant breakthroughs in the investigation. However, this does not diminish the importance of the information shared, but reflects the complexity of the investigative process.
Hundreds of interviews have been conducted resulting in dozens of follow-ups and additional investigative actions. As of today, 49 search warrants have been served. The evidence gathered from these actions requires extensive analysis and review. QCPD is committed to transparency, and there will be a time later in the process when more information can be shared. However, due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, specific details cannot be disclosed at this time to protect the integrity of the process.
The incident occurred on Oct. 28. At 9:49 p.m. QCPD received a 911 call in regards to an assault in the area of 194th St. and Via Del Rancho. Officers arrived on scene in approximately three minutes. QCPD discovered a juvenile victim in the roadway; he was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. On Monday, Oct. 30 he passed away in the hospital.
New tips can be submitted through the following:
● Anonymous tips, including images and video regarding the incident, can be submitted to QCPD at https://p3tips.com/952.
● Photos or video evidence can be submitted to fbi.gov/prestonlord. The FBI's toll-free tip line is available at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324).
● Tips can also be sent directly to QCPD at 480-358-3575 or QCPDInvestigators@QueenCreekAZ.gov.