Jan 2, 2014 1:57 PM by Sarah Sanchez

Victims in double homicide identified

TUCSON - Police are calling the cab driver who dropped off a suspect in a New Years double homicide a "critical witness" in the investigation.

Tucson Police are still looking to speak with the driver Thursday. The Victims have been identified as Cindy Burnett, DOB in 1966, and Patrick Balbastro, DOB in 1981.

TPD says Balbastro was driving the white sedan with a female passenger when they saw a man and a woman who appeared to be fighting on Sunland Vista.
Balbastro and the woman called 911 to report the incident before stopping to try to help the woman because it appeared she couldn't fight off the suspect.

Both got out of the vehicle and attempted to help, according to TPD.

According to TPD, the suspect then became confrontational with Balbastro and ultimately jumped into Balbastro's car and ran him, Burnett, and the woman who was with Balbastro over.

The other woman remains hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. Her name is not available at this time.

Burnett was the woman with whom the suspect was allegedly fighting.

The suspect is described as a light skinned African American or Hispanic man.

They still are not sure the man detained yesterday was involved in this incident.

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