Suspect Arrested After Phoenix Man Kidnapped, Killed, Dismembered

Police have arrested the suspect in the brutal kidnapping, murder and dismemberment of a Phoenix man.

John Cole, 45, was booked into jail Wednesday on multiple felony counts, including murder. Cole is accused of abducting 28-year-old Antoine Smith from his apartment near Grand and 39th avenues and killing him in the Tucson area.

Victim Antoine Smith

In the report, police believe Cole kidnapped Smith late Friday or early Saturday because a friend of Smith’s stole money from Cole. Officers first responded to the case after receiving a missing person call on Monday.

Cole allegedly dumped the victim’s body before driving toward California. According to court documents, Cole was stopped on Interstate 10 in Quartzsite after the Arizona Department of Public Safety located his Black BMW late Tuesday.

A police search of his car uncovered human remains believed to be Smith’s.

Cole confessed to investigators that he strangled Smith to death after Smith attacked him when they stopped to go to the bathroom on their drive to Tucson. He then allegedly took the body to his home in Tucson and bought cleaning supplies and tools to dismember the body.

Cole shared with investigators where they could find the rest of Smith’s remains, which was in a rural area south of Tucson.

Cole was booked into Maricopa County Jail and is being held on a $3 million. His counts include theft by extortion with a weapon, kidnapping, concealing body parts and first-degree murder.

 


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