Homicide Suspect, Manuel Bustamante, Behind Bars in Yuma County

Homicide Suspect, Manuel Bustamante, Behind Bars in Yuma County


YUMA, AZ - A wanted homicide suspect on the run since April for the brutal death of a Yuma man is behind bars in Yuma County.

According to the Yuma County Sheriff's Office 30-year-old Manuel Bustamante was turned over to them Friday night by the San Luis Rio Colorado Mexico Police Department.

Bustamante fled to Mexico attempting to out run Yuma authorities after allegedly being involved in the brutal bat beating death of 30-year-old Kendal Smith.

According to YCSO Bustamante fled into Mexico attempting to out run them, but was arrested by Mexican authorities after he allegedly shot a person several times during the process of trying to rob him of drugs.

Over the weekend, Bustamante appeared in Yuma Justice Court and is now facing numerous charges including two counts of pre-meditated first degree murder, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, and conspiracy to sale narcotics.

He was also booked on three misdemeanor warrants. He currently has two bonds, one being $1 million. He will appear in court again Monday morning.


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