The suspect in Monday’s beating death of a Utah teen was apprehended Wednesday in Colorado, the Salt Lake City Police Department announced.
KSTU reported that authorities took Shaun French, 24, into custody at 11 a.m. Wednesday following a nationwide manhunt. At the time, French had a warrant out for three counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Baleigh Bagshaw, 15, had returned home from school and had called her mother when French allegedly entered the home and beat her to death.
“While she was on the phone with her mother, she was brutally attacked while inside of her home,” Salt Lake City Police Department spokesman Seargent Brandon Shearer said. “Her mother heard the attack going on and then the phone went dead.”
The concerned mother reportedly called a neighbor to check on Bagshaw. The neighbor, in turn, called police. Officers discovered the teen’s body at 3 p.m. Monday.
A probable cause statement obtained by KSTU stated that French and an unnamed 21-year-old moved into Bagshaw’s home in February 2017. The 21-year-old claimed to have witnessed inappropriate sexual behavior between Bagshaw and French, the report said.
The Sergeant explained, “He was not living in the home at the time the homicide occurred but he had had a relationship with her previously.”
According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Shearer has confirmed that French had previously been in a sexual relationship with Bagshaw.
Police had identified French as a person of interest on Monday. By Wednesday, however, police had named the 24-year-old as a suspect in their homicide investigation.
French is being held in Colorado on the unlawful sexual activity with a minor charge. Shearer said the warrant “increases the speed with which we can extradite him” to Utah.
[Featured Image: Shaun French/Otero County Sheriff’s Office]