Idaho murder suspect caught by Salt Lake City police at motel
Published: March 5, 2013 01:18PM
Updated: March 6, 2013 12:55PM
Hugo Mendez-Gutierrez (Salt Lake County Jail)

Acting on a tip, Salt Lake City police arrested an Idaho murder suspect at a downtown Motel 6.

Lt. Shawn Josephson said the arrest took place early Monday afternoon. Gooding, Idaho police had notified officers in Salt Lake City that they had learned Hugo Mendez-Gutierrez, 24, was stopped in the area of 500 South and 300 West.

Officers searching the area located a car linked to Mendez-Gutierrez parked outside the motel, and subsequently identified his room. He was taken into custody without incident.

Mendez-Gutierrez was booked into Salt Lake County Jail on a fugitive from justice warrant. He was being held without bail pending expected extradition proceedings by Idaho authorities.

Mendez-Gutierrez was the subject of a first-degree murder warrant in the stabbing death of 24-year-old Alejandro Perez Lopez. Gooding police also were seeking a second, so far unidentified suspect, also believed to have fled Idaho.

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