Suspect in Mesa teacher’s death arrested in California


Susanville California Highway Patrol have arrested the man suspected of shooting and killing a Mesa High School teacher, according to a Tempe police spokesman.

Caleb Bartels, 27, has been the subject of a nationwide manhunt for nearly a week.

At 9:08 a.m. Saturday, an off-duty officer in Doyle, Calif. spotted the vehicle belonging to Bartels parked alongside a highway, said Sgt. Josie Montenegro, Tempe police spokeswoman.

Tempe police late Monday had identified Bartels as a suspect in the Jan. 15 death of Mesa High School math teacher Ryne Zahner, 26. According to court records and Tempe police, Bartles was pulled over three times in the hours following the shooting – once southwest of Page, once in Utah and once in Nevada. He was released all three times, as Tempe police had not yet named him as a suspect.


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