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Griffith booked in theft of SUV

PHOENIX -- A 20-year-old transient suspected in the death of
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Dernell Stenson was arrested Saturday on
American Indian land east of Phoenix.

David Griffith was booked in the theft of Stenson's vehicle
after he surrendered to police on the Salt River
Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, authorities said.

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

Police released few details of the arrest of Griffith, who
wasn't booked in Stenson's death.

"We have some jurisdictional issues we need to go through,"
said Chandler police spokesman Sgt. Mark Franzen.

Griffith, who hasn't been formally charged in the case, will be
held by tribal police until Maricopa County prosecutors extradite
him, said Lt. James Sutphen, spokesman for the Salt River Police
Department.

"Of course we will cooperate," Sutphen said.

Griffith, a member of the tribe, also was arrested on unrelated
tribal charges, said Sutphen, declining to elaborate.

Two other 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 to Stenson is
still unclear.

Detectives have thus far declined to identify a motive or to give a
detailed account of what happened to Stenson.