Suspect arrested in dragging death of NJ woman

This undated photo provided by Tempe police shows Arizona State University student Kyleigh Sousa. The 21-year-old from the Toms River area of New Jersey died Wednesday, May 26, 2010 after she was dragged alongside a car during a purse-snatching in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe.

December 8, 2010 3:33:02 PM PST
Tempe police say they have made an arrest in connection with the dragging death of an Arizona State University student.

Police said at a news conference Wednesday that 20-year-old Joseluis Marquez is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of Kyleigh Sousa. Police say Marquez doesn't have a permanent address and was taken into custody late Tuesday in Phoenix.

The 21-year-old Sousa was outside a Tempe restaurant in the early morning hours of May 26 when a man approached her and grabbed her purse. Police say the man jumped into a car and took off, dragging Sousa, who was tangled up in the purse's strap.

Police say Marquez is believed to have been the driver of the car involved. Sousa was kept on life support until her family arrived from the Toms River area of New Jersey.

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