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Suspect in Number of Crimes is Caught

Suspect in Number of Crimes is Caught

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Alex Cabrero Reporting The Park City police department can take another name off its most wanted list. Twenty-six-year-old Artemio Tinoco-Perez is now in jail. He was 20 when police first started looking for him.

It's a case that took six and a half years. Back in 2000, Perez was arrested for stabbing his neighbor, but he never showed up for his sentencing. Ever since, he's been able to evade police, until now.

Walk into O.C. Tanner in Park City and tell Mindy McMaster one of Park City's most wanted fugitives has been arrested, and she'll tell you what she thinks.

"Of course it's gonna make us excited. We're grateful for such great police officers," she said. "Six and a half years is a long time. The store has been open. That's about as long as this store has been open, so it kind of puts it in perspective for us of how long he's been out there."

Artemio Tinoco-Perez has been hiding ever since he was charged in a stabbing case in 2000, but a recent tip led police to his apartment in Park City.

Lt. Phil Kirk with the Park City Police department said, "We believe, as we investigated this, he's been out of town, out of state, and actually out of country in Mexico for quite a long time. He's been a tough guy to track down."

Now that Perez is in jail for this stabbing case, investigators think he is also the prime suspect in two other serious crimes. Kirk says he's now a suspect in a couple of rape cases.

The thing is, it's possible Perez shouldn't even be here.

Kirk told KSL, "He's also being held on a detainer for his immigration status because we believe he's here from Mexico illegally."

For McMaster, though, she's not overly concerned with how he was caught; she's just happy he was caught. "Six and a half years is a long time, and the fact that this guy has been doing stuff for that long, and he's finally caught, it's great. It's a great victory for Park City, for the police force, and for all those working on the case."

Part of the reason why Perez was able to avoid police for so long was that he kept using a different name. Police say he used more than 24 different names, but now, the only name he's using is 68237, his jail number.

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