GRAPHIC: Video shows man throw woman’s body in dumpster; police capture suspect

Video shows man throw body in a dumpster

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV/Gray News) -Police in Colorado say they took a suspect in custody after a woman’s body was found in a dumpster.

Sgt. Frank Ortega confirmed that Antonio Cuevas, originally a person of interest in the case, is in custody as a suspect Friday evening. He is expected to face a charge of first-degree murder.

Police need help identifying this man who they say is caught on surveillance camera throwing a body into a dumpster.
Police need help identifying this man who they say is caught on surveillance camera throwing a body into a dumpster. (Source: Pueblo Police)

Pueblo police were called to the area of Ivywood Lane and Vinewood Lane near S. Pueblo Boulevard at about 9:23 in the morning on Thursday. At first, officers weren't sure if a body had been dumped or if it was some type of prop for Halloween. The entire dumpster was towed from the scene by authorities.

A woman’s body was found inside a suitcase in the dumpster. Police are reporting the woman had a very distinctive clown tattoo. When she was found she was wearing an Air Force T-shirt and M&M candy shorts. Her identity has not been released to the public as of Friday at 6:15 p.m.

A suspect, who police now believe was Cuevas, was caught on surveillance footage in the area at about 6:42 a.m. on Thursday. The suspect can be seen taking the suitcase out of the trunk of the car and tossing it into the dumpster.

Police hope the images of the victim's tattoos will help the public identify her.
Police hope the images of the victim's tattoos will help the public identify her. (Source: Pueblo Police)

Cuevas also had a warrant for parole violation. Cueva's wife, Melanie Ann Cuevas, was also arrested for a criminal impersonation warrant.

If you have any information about this crime, please call Pueblo Crime Stoppers at 719-542-STOP (542-7867).

Police say Antonio Cuevas is a person of interest in the case of a woman's body being found in a dumpster in Colorado.
Police say Antonio Cuevas is a person of interest in the case of a woman's body being found in a dumpster in Colorado. (Source: Colorado Department of Corrections/KKTV)

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