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Posted on: March 21, 2022

March 19 Murder Suspect Arrested

Denton Police Department Media Release


DENTON, TX, March 21, 2022 – The Denton Police Department has arrested 17-year-old Anshawn Phiffer in connection to the murder that occurred on Saturday, March 19 in the 1300 block of W. Oak Street. 

On March 19 at approximately 2:10 a.m., officers on patrol heard several shots coming from the area of Fry Street. These officers quickly responded to the immediate area, running toward the sound of the gunfire. Witnesses directed the officers to the 1300 block of W. Oak Street, where there was a male victim with multiple apparent gunshot wounds. The male, who was later identified as 24-year-old Curtis Stevenson, was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. 

Detectives responded to the scene and began an investigation which included, but was not limited to, reviewing video surveillance, interviewing witnesses, reviewing anonymous tips, and collecting evidence. Based on the facts of the investigation, detectives identified Anshawn Phiffer as the murder suspect. Officers applied for an arrest warrant for Phiffer, which was granted by a local judge. On Monday morning at approximately 2:50 a.m. Phiffer was taken into custody in Dallas by the Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force, and transported to the City of Denton Jail. His bond is set at $1 million.

We would like to extend thanks to all the witnesses and anonymous callers who provided our detectives with crucial information. 

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