Husband chopped up wife at restaurant before dumping her burned remains at Home DepotBy William Martin 1:46 PM February 7, 2018
A man murdered his wife and chopped up her remains before burning her body to destroy evidence, according to police in California.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said that the Pasadena man was charged with killing his wife whose burned remains were found in Cypress Park.
57-year-old Valentino Gutierrez was charged with one count each of murder and arson of property.
Gutierrez is scheduled to be arraigned at the Department D of the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Pasadena.
Bail was set at $2.1 million and he was booked into the Twin Towers Correctional Facility.
If convicted as charged, Gutierrez faces a possible maximum sentence of life in prison.
According to the police investigation, Gutierrez and his wife, 31-year-old Tiana Alfred, lived together at a homeless shelter in Pasadena.
On Wednesday night, the husband and wife were at an abandoned restaurant in Pasadena, where he killed her.
Gutierrez then chopped up her body and stuffed the remains in a suitcase.
Gutierrez took the suitcase and hopped onto a train for Los Angeles.
He then burned her body and dumped the remains in the parking lot of a Home Depot.
On Thursday, firefighters responded to a blaze in the 2000 block of Figueroa Street.
Once the fire was put out, the firefighters found human remains, the prosecutor said.
Surveillance video allegedly led investigators to Gutierrez who was later arrested.