Man arrested in Utah shooting of student
from China: police
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[November 01, 2017]
(Reuters) - A 24-year-old man
accused of killing a University of Utah student from China and also
suspected in a homicide last week in Colorado was arrested in Salt Lake
City on Tuesday, police said.
Austin Boutain was taken into custody without incident at a public
library, said Detective Keith Horrocks of the Salt Lake City Police
Boutain and his wife, Kathleen Boutain, 23, are also wanted in an
investigation into a homicide in Golden, Colorado, according to police
The victim of Monday night's murder in Utah was identified as ChenWei
Guo, 23, who was parked near Red Butte Canyon when he was shot dead
during what investigators believe was a failed carjacking attempt.
The Salt Lake Tribune newspaper, citing police, reported that the couple
was camping in the mountains just outside the city and that Kathleen
Boutain had gone to the university campus to report that her husband had
assaulted her. Guo was killed shortly afterward, the newspaper reported.
Kathleen Boutain was being treated for minor injuries and held in jail
on unrelated charges following her arrest on Monday night, University of
Utah Police Chief Dale Brophy said.
Police in Golden said they found the body of a 63-year-old man last week
after being asked by Utah police to conduct a welfare check at a trailer
That death is being investigated as a homicide and the Boutains are
suspects, the Golden Police Department said in a statement.
Classes were canceled on Tuesday at the University of Utah, where
officials remembered Guo as "extraordinarily outgoing, creative, smart
and extremely engaged."
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Austin Boutain, 24, wanted in connection with a shooting death on
the University of Utah campus October 30, 2017, is shown in this
undated photo in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S., provided October 31,
2017. Salt Lake City Police Department/Handout via REUTERS
A pre-computer science student and peer adviser in the school's
International Student and Scholar Services Office, Guo also was an
interpreter and technology supporter at the Salt Lake City-based
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, according to a social
Speaking in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua
Chunying said the Chinese embassy in the United States immediately
requested information from police, and "urged police to quickly
break the case" and provide assistance to the family.
She also noted that the embassy reminded Chinese citizens in the
United States to pay attention to security due to recent prominent
social and security issues in some areas, and the frequency of knife
and gun incidents.
(Reporting by Barbara Goldberg in New York and Dan Whitcomb in Los
Angeles; Additional reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee,
Angela Moon in New York and Michael Martina in Beijing; editing by
Dan Grebler and Grant McCool)
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