Dangerous suspect sought by police

Updated: November 8, 2003, 6:54 PM ET
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CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Reds outfielder Dernell Stenson was shot execution-style, with his hands and feet bound, sources familar to the police investigation told the East Valley (Ariz.) Tribune Friday.

Stenson's hands were bound with plastic handcuffs and his feet were tied together with shoelaces, sources told the newspaper.

Stenson, who had been playing in the Arizona Fall League, was found dead Wednesday in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler. He had been shot and run over and apparently dragged by his own SUV.

Reginald Riddle of Harvey, Ill., was arrested for investigation of first-degree murder, armed robbery, kidnapping and burglary but hadn't formally been charged Friday. According to court records, Riddle admitted in an interview with police that he was involved in the death of Stenson.

Several hours after Stenson's body was found, Riddle's half brother, Kevin Riddle, 43, was stopped by police while driving Stenson's SUV, police said.

Authorities were still looking for another man identified as a suspect in the case, 20-year-old transient David Griffith, said Chandler police Sgt. Mark Franzen. Police consider Griffith armed and dangerous. According to the Arizona Department if Corrections, Griffith was released from prison 10 months ago after serving nearly two years for car theft.

Reginald Riddle is being held on $500,000 cash bail and could face homicide, armed robbery and kidnapping charges, according to court documents obtained by the Tribune.

The Riddles recently arrived in the Valley after driving cross country from Illinois, police told the paper. According to court documents obtained by the paper, Mesa police spotted Kevin Riddle about two hours after the killing as he was leaving an apartment complex. Kevin Riddle told police he found the SUV, keys in the ignition, in the complex parking lot.

Police still have no motive for the killing.