Colorado authorities arrested a man suspected of murdering a woman whose body was discovered in a suitcase that had been tossed into a dumpster, the Denver Post reports.
Police in Pueblo, Colorado, announced shortly before 6 p.m. Friday that Anthony “Antonio” Cuevas, 36, had been taken into custody. A witness captured the arrest on video and shared it with KRDO-TV.
Officers also arrested Cuevas’ 36-year-old wife, Melanie Ann Cuevas, who was being held on a warrant for criminal impersonation.
The arrests come after investigators on Thursday released surveillance video of a man driving up to a dumpster at a car wash early that morning, taking a suitcase from the trunk and throwing it away. Investigators believe that person was Anthony Cuevas.
Police found the suspect’s vehicle — a small, blue, four-door car — on Friday and executed search warrants around the city looking for him, according to Sgt. Franklyn Ortega of the Pueblo Police Department.
PLEASE SHARE!Pueblo Police just shared this video of the suspect in a case where a body was found in a suitcase in a dumpster. The body was a female (we will have pictures of her tattoos soon). If you can identify the suspect below please call (719) 320-6049. More info:https://www.kktv.com/content/news/BREAKING-Police-investigate-suspicious-package-found-in-a-dumpster-563306282.html
Posted by KKTV 11 News on Thursday, October 17, 2019
Investigators were processing at least three potential crime scenes since the suitcase was discovered: the dumpster, a home in Pueblo and a nearby state park, according to KRDO-TV.
The victim has yet to identified publicly. However, police say she had a distinctive tattoo of a female clown on her right thigh; she also had been wearing an Air Force t-shirt and shorts with the logo of M&M candies.
KRDO-TV reports that multiple people have posted pictures of Cuevas on Facebook and said he killed his mother. Authorities have not confirmed the information.
NEW VIDEO: Watch as Pueblo PD arrest a suspect at a northside taco shop. Sources tell us this was tied to Thursday's homicide investigation. FULL STORY https://www.krdo.com/1133492465
Posted by KRDO NewsChannel 13 / KRDO.com on Friday, October 18, 2019
Police initially were not sure if the body was real or if it was a Halloween prop, according to KKTV. Investigators eventually towed the entire dumpster from the scene.
To report information about the case, contact the Pueblo Police Department at 719-553-2420 or send an anonymous tip at pueblocrimestoppers.com.
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[Feature Photo: Pueblo PD security footage screenshot]