On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Police Department announced that a person of interest had been discovered in the recent homicide and dismemberment case. A homeless man is accused of killing his wife, dismembering her, stuffing her body parts in an old suitcase, and setting it ablaze in a Home Depot parking lot.
Homeless Man Carried Case with Body Parts on Light Rail Train
According to a Justin Eisenberg, the Deputy Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, on Thursday, 56-year-old Valentino Gutierrez was indicted in the gruesome murder of 31-year-old Tiana Alfred, his wife.
The authorities believe that last week, Gutierrez, a homeless man, murdered his wife in an abandoned Pasadena restaurant. Gutierrez then dismembered the woman’s body and placed it in an old suitcase.
Calmly exiting the restaurant, suitcase in hand, the homeless man rode his back to the nearby light-rail station and boarded the ride to the nearby home depot. According to the security footage retrieved from the train, the individual raised no suspicion, passing for another passenger waiting to get off at the next station with his bike.
Reportedly, after getting off the train, Gutierrez rode to a secluded spot in the Home Depot parking lot, poured gasoline all over the suitcase and set it ablaze before leaving.
The charred suitcase containing Alfred’s dismembered body was found later that day and the suspect apprehended by the police officers backed up by a K-9 unit. Working with the security tapes and homeless persons, the Los Angeles authorities managed to track down and arrest Gutierrez.
At the moment, the suspect offered no motive for the brutal slaying of Tiana Alfred. Captain William Hays of the Los Angeles Police Department declared that the whole affair is grotesque and that it takes calm and determination to butcher a human body in such a manner.
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