Transient sought through reward

Updated: November 8, 2003, 8:25 PM ET
Associated Press

PHOENIX -- Police are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a 20-year-old transient suspected in the death of Cincinnati Reds outfielder Dernell Stenson.

Chandler police spokesman Sgt. Mark Franzen said the investigation is focused on finding David Griffith, whom police consider armed and dangerous.

Stenson, who was 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.

Two men have been arrested in connection with the case.

Within two hours after Stenson's body was found, 43-year-old Kevin Riddle was stopped by police while driving Stenson's SUV, police said.

Riddle remains in custody on a $10,080 bond. He was charged on Friday with possession of stolen property.

Riddle's 19-year-old half brother, Reginald Riddle, is being held on a $500,000 cash bond for homicide, armed robbery, kidnapping, and burglary. He has not yet been formally charged.

Reginald Riddle made an initial court appearance Friday. According to court documents, he admitted his involvement during interviews with police.

Franzen declined to elaborate on what Riddle told authorities.

Kevin Riddle identified himself as a transient to police, and Reginald Riddle listed no address on court paperwork.

Griffith's connection to the Riddle brothers and Stenson is still unclear.

Detectives have declined to identify a motive or to give a detailed account of what happened to Stenson until authorities find Griffith, Franzen said.


Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press

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