Friday, August 17, 2007

Update On Bushwhacker Hair Salon Murder In Salt Lake City - Jesus Jimenez Caught, Miguel Mateos-Martinez Sought

Update April 12th, 2011: Miguel Mateos-Martinez sentenced to life in prison without parole; updated post HERE.

Update on March 14th, 2008: The Deseret News reports that Miguel Mateos-Martinez, who is still at large, has been added to the U.S. Marshals Most Wanted 15 List. You can download a PDF flyer HERE.

Update #2 on June 27th, 2008: The Deseret News reports that a jury returned a verdict of guilty on murder and aggravated robbery, both first-degree felonies against Jesus Jimenez. The jury also found Jimenez eligible for an enhanced penalty for use of a firearm in a crime. He is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 18.

Update #3 on July 15th, 2008: The Salt Lake Tribune reports the Miguel Mateos-Martinez has been arrested in Mexico.

Update #4 on September 18th, 2008: KSL Channel 5 reports that Jesus Jimenez sentenced to 21 years in prison, will appeal. Miguel Mateos-Martinez is still in jail in Mexico.

Update #5 on December 24th, 2008: Miguel Mateos-Martinez extradited from Mexico and returned to Utah. See updated post HERE.

Police have already arrested one man in connection with a murder at the Bushwhacker Hair Salon in Salt Lake City this week, but they're still looking for another suspect. Full story aired on KSL Channel 5. This story also aired on KTVX Channel 4 and KUTV Channel 2. Update: Excellent story posted on the Salt Lake Tribune website August 18th.

The second man is 19-year old Miguel Mateos-Martinez, who resembles the suspect depicted in the composite drawing released by police on August 16th. At the moment, he's just wanted for questioning, although investigators believe he was the killer in Wednesday's shooting at the salon. Miguel Mateos-Martinez is 5 feet 3 inches tall, 230 pounds and has brown eyes and a shaved head. Although not reflected on tonight's reports, last night's media reports also described Mateos-Martinez as having a tattoo on the inside of his right arm that extends from his wrist to his elbow. The tattoo is dark blue or purple in color, with flames and possibly a face or an animal depicted.

Police obtained the information after arresting Jesus Jimenez, who was located as a result of an anonymous tip. Although he is believed to have been the getaway driver, Jimenez is now being held in the Salt Lake County Jail for murder. Robbery is still believed to be the primary motive.

Note: KSL seems to have got it backwards. They identified Jimenez at the shooter and Mateos-Martinez as the driver in their story. The other two media outlets appear to have gotten it right, and my post reflects their version. In addition, Mateos-Martinez bears a much closer resemblance to the sketch than Jimenez, who, as the getaway driver, would have remained outside. Now you know why I look for more than one source.

Police believe Mateos-Martinez may be armed and dangerous, so they advise people against approaching him. Instead, they ask anyone who knows of his whereabouts to call the Salt Lake Police Department's "Tips for Cash" hotline at 801-799-INFO. Callers can remain anonymous, and there's now a $5,000 reward.

The residency status of the two suspects has not been disclosed. Consequently, they may not be illegal aliens just because they're Hispanic. Legal or not, they're scum.

Commentary: The comparison between the police sketch and Mateos-Martinez' picture is interesting. The real life person is just as stocky, but not as cheeky and has a rounder head. The real life person is also 5 inches shorter. This implies someone who displays a weapon may look "larger than life" to a witness.

There is only one appropriate penalty for someone who kills someone else while committing another crime - the death penalty. Whether Mateos-Martinez actually intended to shoot Faviola Hernandez before he walked in the door is irrelevant; the fact that he shot her implies he was willing to go that far. That implies capital intent.

As for the driver, Jesus Jimenez ultimately should not be tried for murder, since he merely drove the getaway car and he may not have realized that Mateos-Martinez would turn out to be a killer. Treating the driver of a getaway car the same as actual killer is excessive and impractical; both the charge and the ultimate sentence need to fit the crime (just like you don't send someone to prison for 7 years for a couple of bar fights, either). But Jimenez does need to go away for a while, at least 10 years.

Great work by the Salt Lake cops so far in catching one of the suspects after just 24 hours! Mateos-Martinez will be corralled before long.


Yankee James said...

"Die-versity is our strength"!


Anonymous said...

You'll be happy to know that they think they have this SOB cornered in apartment 389 of Seasons at Pebble Creek on the corner of 1700S and Redwood Road.

They're arresting him now. 0145 in the morning and it's kept me awake for the last couple of hours. The cop I spoke to across the street says that they think it's him. I hope it is. A few police officers used my window to look into the apartment and keep an eye out on the guy tonight. Three other Hispanic men were also arrested. I really hope they haven't seen the cop hiding in my back bedroom.

(Not that I think the criminals are smart enough to trace someone that helped the cops by her IP address, but can you please remove it if it shows up? PLEASE?)