Rusty R. French, 62, of Peoria, Arizona, United States allegedly shot Pamela Rae Martinez, 60, of Glendale, Arizona just before 7:30 p.m. on June 11, 2022 near 59th Avenue and Bell Road in Glendale. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Martinez was a food delivery driver. According to investigators, she had just finished her last food delivery of the day and French was sitting in his van next to her car.
For an unknown reason, Martinez took a photo of French, which later led to his arrest. The two did know each other.
Martinez moved from Colorado, USA to Arizona in 2004, worked for two local colleges and later did Uber Eats runs in her free time, according to her daughter Monique Daniels, 27. Daniels told The Daily Beast, “I know she knew what was going to happen and she was not going to let it happen without doing something.”
Several guns were found inside French’s house in Peoria. One matched the gun used in the fatal shooting of Martinez.
French was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. He is being held on a $2 million cash-only bond.
Aside from Peoria, French has lived in other parts of Arizona including Maricopa, Gilbert, Surprise and San Luis. He also previously lived in Ashland City, Tennessee, USA.