Homeless Man Pleads Not Guilty to Dismemberment Murder of Wife in Abandoned Pasadena Restaurant

Published : Friday, February 16, 2018 | 6:45 AM

Los Angeles Police and SWAT surround Union Station Homeless Services during operations which resulted in the arrest of murder suspect Valentino Gutierrez on Friday, February 2, 2018. Photo Kevin Agovino

A homeless man who had been residing at a Pasadena shelter pleaded not guilty Thursday to the dismemberment murder of his wife, whose remains were found burning in a Los Angeles Home Depot parking lot.

Valentino Gutierrez, 56, entered the plea during his arraignment at Pasadena Superior Court, said Ricardo Santiago, spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Gutierrez will return to court April 5 for a hearing.

Gutierrez was arrested February 2 outside Union Station Homeless Services in the 400 block of South Raymond Avenue by a large contingent Los Angeles Police, after detectives quickly tracked him to Pasadena.

He is alleged to have killed 31-year-old Tiana Alfred in late January inside an abandoned Pasadena restaurant, then carried her body parts in a suitcase on a Metro Gold Line train to the Cypress Park area of Los Angeles, where they were found on fire early in the morning on February 1.

Gutierrez is charged with one count of murder and arson of property using an accelerant. Gutierrez is currently being held at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles, with bail set at $2.17 million.

Police said that Gutierrez has a “very significant criminal history,” with prior convictions for burglary, sexual battery, felony battery, domestic violence, possession of a deadly weapon, robbery, narcotics, and negligent discharge of a firearm.

If convicted as charged, Gutierrez faces a possible maximum sentence of life in prison.

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