APD names suspect in South Austin murder

Police have identified the suspect as Ricardo Santos. (Source: CBS Austin)

Austin police have identified the suspect in a South Austin murder off Stassney Lane.

According to an affidavit, 34-year-old Ricardo Santos is charged with the murder of Fabian Gutierrez. They say a woman may have have been the motive.

APD received a call around 9:24 p.m. Sunday for a possible stabbing on E. Stassney Lane near South Congress. When officers arrived, they found witnesses attempting to save the victim, 23-year-old Gutierrez, who had obvious signs of trauma to his body.

In new court documents, police figured out the victim was being chased by two Hispanic men from interviews at the scene. The suspects were in a red Dodge pickup truck.

Just minutes after the attack, police got a call from a woman who reported Ricardo Santos took her husband's truck without permission about an hour before the attack. Santos returned to their home with the truck about 19 minutes after Fabian Gutierrez was attacked.

Police had a prior mugshot of Santos from previous police involvement. According to court documents, police also learned Gutierrez was involved with the Mother of Santos' children. During two different instances in September and October, she accused Gutierrez of assaulting her and threatening to shoot her and harm her children.

Police believe Santos drove to the victim's apartment complex to retaliate against him for his threats against the woman and her children.

On October 9th, Detectives brought Santos in for questioning. He admitted to taking the pickup truck but denied driving to the scene where the murder took place, according to court documents. Two days later, a witness told police Santos admitted to killing the victim. Police also talked to a second witness who saw Santos assaulting Fabian Gutierrez.

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