Salt Lake City police have arrested a suspect in a 2004 slaying outside a bar.

Police were seeking Rosario Araujo-Martinez, 29, for $320,000 in arrest warrants and had developed information that he was living near 940 N. Starcrest Dr.

"He ran and they chase him," said Salt Lake City Police detective Jeff Bedard.

Araujo-Martinez was arrested Thursday after a brief foot chase on numerous warrants, including charges of aggravated assault, escape, and possession of forged devices, all third-degree felonies.

"Upon initial contact with Araujo-Martinez, his role in other crimes was unknown," Bedard said Friday. "After further investigation, police developed probable cause to arrest Araujo-Martinez in connection with the homicide of Manuel Vargas."

Vargas, 32, was shot once in the head on July 11, 2004 leaving a bar at 49 E. 900 South in Salt Lake City. Araujo-Martinez is suspected to be the shooter, police said.

Authorities did not release any other details, pending an ongoing investigation. Araujo-Martinez has not been charged in the homicide.

"I can't go into the motive right now," Bedard said. "We feel confident that we've got the shooter himself in jail."

Araujo-Martinez remains in the Salt Lake County Jail where he is being held without bail.


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