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Suspect in death of man found in Waipio faces extradition

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 09:40 a.m. HST, Dec 03, 2013

The 46-year-old man suspected of killing Alexis Gonzales, whose dismembered body was found Sept. 15 off Mililani Memorial Park Road in Waipio, is facing extradition from California to answer to murder charges in Hawaii.

A U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force assisted in arresting Bryan Suitt at 3:45 p.m. Monday at his family's residence on Coronado Island in San Diego, according to the U.S. Marshall Service in Hawaii.

The suspect was booked at the San Diego County Jail on Monday and will later face a California state court extradition hearing so he can be returned to Hawaii to face the murder charge, the marshals office said.

On Nov. 26, an Oahu grand jury indicted the Suitt on suspicion of second-degree murder.

The suspect is being held on a grand jury warrant bail set at $5 million, police said.

Gonzales' dismembered and decomposing body was found on Sept. 15 in a ravine off Mililani Memorial Park Cemetery Road in Waipio by Waianae couple Joseph and Sheer Sotelo, who were looking for cans and bottles near the road.

Police released photos of the victim's tattoos, seeking the public's help to identify the victim

The Honolulu Police Department asked the U.S. Marshals Service for help, since Suitt lives on the mainland.

Police have not revealed a motive for the killing.

Gonzales had an auto theft conviction, as well as misdemeanor convictions for harassment and drunken driving.

Gonzales, known by most as "Gonzo," moved in with friends in Kalihi about two months before his death, his former girlfriend Rachel Main told the Star-Advertiser on Sept. 19 through a Facebook message.

Gonzales' Facebook indicated that he was from Long Beach and that his mother lives on Kauai and he has a sister in California.

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Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
Whoa! The suspect's from Coronado Island? That's not exactly the 'hood. Amazing how some people who come from seemingly good circumstances can commit such heinous and atrocious crimes that shock the conscience. But, then again, I guess it seems like people more and more don't have a conscience anymore. Just a sign of the times.
on December 3,2013 | 08:48AM
allie wrote:
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on December 3,2013 | 09:49AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
all lie, what a dumb answer. Body was found in Central Oahu. all lie, is this as scary as Spirit Lake indian Reservation in North Dakota? That's where Indian foster parents abuse, maim and kill their foster kids. Now THAT'S scary!
on December 3,2013 | 09:54PM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
on December 3,2013 | 09:19AM
RuffDiamond wrote:
Just goes to show that you never know people. Guy owns a place on Coronado Island in California and rents a place in Hawaii and in less than one month on the island kills someone. Gonzo appears to be a character himself, what the connection between these two guys is going to be interesting reading - sure there is more behind this than just what's in the newspaper now. Thanks to the Honolulu Star Advertiser for great indepth investigation and keeping the citizen's of Honolulu updated on this case.
on December 3,2013 | 11:01AM
hanoz808 wrote:
i didnt even know they had a suspect...how did that come about?
on December 3,2013 | 12:09PM
cojef wrote:
Vaguely remember the reading of the gruesome murder. The dismemberment sticks out on this crime.
on December 3,2013 | 12:15PM
2NDC wrote:
I distinctly remember the photo of the tattoo that was released by HPD. There was a HUGE maggot in the photo.
on December 3,2013 | 08:57PM
iwanaknow wrote:
Don't worry, this case will end up on TV as a murder/mystery story on cable.
on December 3,2013 | 03:00PM
entrkn wrote:
Are they going to extradite him in different parts or all in one piece?
on December 3,2013 | 09:17PM
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