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Sioux City Police: 20-year-old Martin Castellanos is in custody

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Sioux City police have taken murder suspect, Martin Castellanos in to custody.

A nearly five-day long hunt for murder suspect Martin Castellanos has come to a close following the discovery of a partially burned body in a ditch in Lincoln County, South Dakota, on Sunday.

Police say it was the body of 20-year-old Adrian Rojas Hernandez.

Both Hernandez, and Castellanos, were reported missing on Sunday.

After authorities, in Lincoln County, found Hernandez' body, near Canton, the investigation lead them to a home, on West 15th Street in Sioux City.

That's where they arrested 22-year-old Ricardo Jaime Vital, as an accessory to the crime.

Authorities say Vital told them that Castellanos shot Rodriguez, cleaned up the crime scene, and threw away blooding clothing, bedding, and other evidence in a curbside trash can.

Vital told police Castellanos then dumped Hernandez's body in that Lincoln County ditch.

Police say they've encountered nothing but great cooperation from the public and the family through the investigation.

Police say as the two knew each other, they weren't concerned that Castellanos was an immediate threat to the general public.

Police say they received a tip a little after 2 p.m. about a car matching the description of Castellanos's silver Audi on the 1700 block of Morningside Avenue what police say they believe is the car he left the murder scene in.

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Sioux City Police Lt. Mark Kirkpatrick said Tuesday an arrest warrant has been issued for first-degree murder for 20-year-old Martin Castellanos.

Police said the victim, 20-year-old Adrian Rojas Hernandez, was shot in the head inside a home in the 1400 block of West 15th Street.

They said the murder happened between 3:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. on Sunday.

Hernandez's body was found 70 miles away in a ditch near Canton, South Dakota.

Police said the body had been burned.

The investigation later led them to 22-year-old Ricardo Vital.

Vital is charged with Accessory after the Fact.

According to court documents, Vital pulled the car that Rojas-Hernandez's body was transported in, around to the front of the house on West 15th Street.

The affidavit also says Vital admitted to cleaning up blood and throwing away bloody clothing, bedding, and other evidence in a curbside trash can.

Vital told police, Castellanos was the one who fired the gun and that's who they're searching for.

Kirkpatrick says they haven't ruled out any of the possible areas he might be, so police are still searching Sioux City and beyond.

The lieutenant also says most homicides are not random acts of violence.

He said the victim and suspect in this case knew each other and the murder happened inside a home.

Because of those factors, Kirkpatrick said those unrelated to the incident, shouldn't be concerned for their safety.

"While we consider Mr. Castellanos to be armed and dangerous, he doesn't present a specific threat to the public at large," Lt. Kirkpatrick said.

Lt. Kirkpatrick adds how the police department is encouraging Castellanos' family to persuade him to turn himself in voluntarily.

Castellanos is described as 5 foot 8 and 180 pounds.

He has a light mustache and he may be driving his mother's car, a 2003 Audi A-4 with license plate 892YSD

Call the Sioux City Police or 258-TIPS if you have any information about Martin Castellanos.

 

 

 

 

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