Arizona law enforcement officials arrested and charged a man with first-degree, premeditated murder of 17-year-old kid.
According to the Arizona Republic’s review of the official court documents, 27-year-old Adams had allegedly slit the boy’s throat and stabbed him repeatedly with a pocketknife at a Peoria Circle K gas station.
Superior court records reveal that Adams told investigators that he felt “threatened” by the hip-hop and rap music the teen was playing, explaining that he believes people who play rap music are a threat to him and his community. Reportedly, Adams tried to justify the monstrous act by saying he was being “proactive, not reactive,” as that specific genre if music makes him feel “unsafe” after being attacked by rap music listeners in the past.
Read Police Statement below:
On July 4, 2019, at approximately 1:45 AM, Peoria Police AZ responded to a report of a stabbing at the Circle K located at 6735 W Peoria Ave. Officers arrived on scene and located a male who had been stabbed. The victim, a 17-year-old Glendale resident was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. Officers arrived on the scene and within minutes were able to locate the suspect and took him into custody without incident. The suspect was identified as Michael Adams a 27-year-old male.
Preliminary information shows that the victim was in the store when the suspect came up and stabbed him in the neck area. The suspect then left the store on foot. Officers and fire personnel responded to the scene and attempted life-saving measures and paramedics transported the victim to a local hospital. Additional officers arrived on scene and located the suspect nearby. He was taken into custody and the weapon was recovered. At this time, it is unclear why Adams stabbed the victim as there does not appear to be any relation between the two and no known motive.
Adams was transported to the Peoria Police Department where he was processed and interviewed by detectives. Adams will be booked into the 4th Avenue Jail on Murder charges. This is an active investigation and there may be amendments or additions to the listed charges.
According to Chief Art Miller “We are committed to detailed and complete investigations and we will determine why this violent act occurred. On behalf of the men and women of the Peoria Police Department, we extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victim.” #PeoriaPDAZ#Peoriapoliceaz #peoriaaz