Sus­pect ad­mits killing Chi­nese stu­dent

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSS AMERICA - By LINDA DENG in Seat­tle lin­dadeng@chi­nadai­

The sus­pect in the fa­tal shoot­ing of a Chi­nese over­seas stu­dent has con­fessed to the slay­ing, which was the cul­mi­na­tion of an in­ter­state crime spree, ac­cord­ing to Univer­sity of Utah po­lice.

Austin Jef­frey Boutain, 24, ad­mit­ted shoot­ing Guo Chenwei, 23, of Bei­jing dur­ing a car­jack­ing on Red Butte Canyon Road near the Utah cam­pus late Mon­day night.

Boutain fa­tally shot Guo and then tried to force a woman who was with him, a univer­sity stu­dent whose name was not re­leased, up a canyon, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. The woman es­caped when Boutain, who fired at her twice and missed, was dis­tracted, po­lice said.

“Ob­vi­ously, he had just killed some­body; he had an ill in­tent to­ward this young lady,” Univer­sity of Utah Po­lice Chief Dale Bro­phy told re­porters.

After the shoot­ing, Boutain made his way into down­town Salt Lake City, po­lice said.

He left a hand­gun, be­lieved to be the weapon used to shoot Guo, at a home­less shel­ter where it was stolen, po­lice said.

Po­lice are try­ing to find the weapon, which they be­lieve was taken from the Colorado home of 63-yearold homi­cide vic­tim Mitchell Brad­ford In­gle, whose body was found last week.

Boutain was ar­rested on Tues­day at a li­brary in Salt Lake City. On Wed­nes­day, po­lice from Golden, Colorado named Boutain and his wife the sole sus­pects in In­gle’s slay­ing.

On Tues­day, po­lice found In­gle dead in­side an RV trailer after Utah au­thor­i­ties con­tacted them in con­nec­tion with Guo’s shoot­ing.

The Boutains killed In­gle and then drove his pickup truck to Utah, where they gave it away, po­lice said. Po­lice said Austin Boutain ad­mit­ted to steal­ing three guns from a home in Colorado, one of which was a ri­fle re­cov­ered by po­lice.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors plan to rec­om­mend that Colorado prose­cu­tors file charges against the Boutains in­clud­ing first­de­gree mur­der, rob­bery and mo­tor-ve­hi­cle theft in In­gle’s death. Kath­leen Boutain was in cus­tody in Utah on un­re­lated drug and theft charges.

News out­lets in Alabama and Ohio re­ported that Austin Boutain has a crim­i­nal his­tory in­cludes charges for pub­lic dis­tur­bances, theft, evad­ing po­lice, drugs and a sex of­fense.

He is also ac­cused of as­sault­ing and in­jur­ing his wife with a firearm.

On Mon­day about 8:15 p.m., Kath­leen Boutain re­ported the as­sault to univer­sity po­lice. As po­lice were tak­ing the re­port on the al­leged do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in­ci­dent, they learned that Guo had been shot and killed, shortly be­fore 9 pm.

Guo ar­rived in the US in 2012 and would have turned 24 on Sun­day.

Chi­nese For­eign Min­istry spokes­woman Hua Chun­y­ing said on Wed­nes­day that the Chi­nese em­bassy in the United States has re­quested in­for­ma­tion from po­lice.

The em­bassy ex­pressed sym­pa­thy and said it had pro­vided as­sis­tance to Guo’s fam­ily.

“The For­eign Min­istry and the em­bassy in the US will keep a close eye on the de­vel­op­ment of the case and of­fered nec­es­sary support for the fam­ily’s visit to the US,” she added.

The Chenwei Guo Fam­ily Fund was set up by Guo’s friend Elena Diane Jin with the per­mis­sion of Guo’s fam­ily on Go­

Guo came to the US in 2012 and dreamed of own­ing a con­sult­ing com­pany. Many in Provo, Utah, mourned Guo, as he served a mis­sion for the LDS Church there.

Lori McDon­ald, dean of stu­dents, de­scribed him as “ex­tremely out­go­ing, charm­ing, cre­ative, smart”. Guo was study­ing pre-com­puter sci­ence and was a peer ad­viser in the In­ter­na­tional Stu­dent and Scholar Ser­vices Of­fice.

Rachel Tam said Guo was a smart, bright and car­ing per­son who loved to tell jokes.

Tam said Tues­day that Guo would speak pow­er­fully about his be­liefs. She said Guo loved to dance and wowed his friends on the dance floor at a church event for young, un­mar­ried Chi­nese mem­bers of the church. Tam says Guo was at the cen­ter of the dance floor bust­ing out hip-hop moves and was also a tal­ented swing and ball­room dancer.

The As­so­ci­ated Press and Reuters con­trib­uted to this story.

Austin Jef­frey Boutain

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