A man wanted for questioning in the brutal strangulation death of a Taylorsville woman was arrested Thursday night in New Mexico.
The man, who identified himself as Bobby Sandoval, was identified by police as Benny Salazar, 48, whom Salt Lake County sheriff's detectives are investigating in the death of Charlotte Montoya, 56, who was raped with an object and slain in her apartment at 1679 W. 5620 South.Montoya's body was discovered Monday evening by her daughter. The victim had been sexually assaulted, strangled and her body had been wrapped in sheets, which were tightly bound with garbage bags and rags, according to sheriff's reports.
Salazar is also wanted for walking away from a halfway house in Durango, Colo., where he was serving a sentence on a conviction of trying to kill his wife with a knife.
The suspect was arrested at gunpoint after police discovered a suspicious car outside a Bloomfield, N.M., residence, said Bloomfield Police Lt. Bill Goodman. The car matched the description of Montoya's car, which was believed stolen after her murder.
The arrest of Salazar, who was armed only with a can of beer, occurred about 7 p.m. Thursday without incident, Goodman said.
Police booked Salazar into the San Juan County Jail in Aztec, N.M. Salt Lake County prosecutors are seeking a warrant so he can be extradited to Utah.
Salt Lake County Sheriff's Capt. Bob Jack said he hadn't decided Friday whether to send a detective to New Mexico to talk to Salazar.