The Ottumwa Courier

AP Iowa

November 1, 2013

Authorities capture suspect in Iowa shooting death

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — The search for a suspect in the killing of an Iowa man whose body was dumped in South Dakota came to an end Thursday with authorities announcing his arrest.

A phone tip led to Martin Castellanos' capture, Sioux City Police Chief Doug Young said during a news conference, according to the Sioux City Journal ( ). The 20-year-old Castellanos was taken into custody without incident, and no weapons were found, the newspaper reported.

Young said police received information Thursday afternoon about a vehicle that matched the description of one belonging to Castellanos. Officers then went to various areas in Sioux City where they believed Castellanos might show up.

They arrested him a short time later. Young said detectives would be interviewing Castellanos and that the vehicle would be processed by crime scene technicians.

The search for Castellanos began Sunday following the discovery of a partially burned body in a ditch alongside a gravel road about five miles east of Interstate 29's Exit 64 between Canton and Sioux Falls. Investigators determined that Adrian Rojas-Hernandez, 20, had been fatally shot in Sioux City earlier in the day. Police later issued an arrest warrant for Castellanos.

"We don't believe he left Sioux City," Young said.

A task force headed by the U.S. Marshals Service helped with the search.

Ricardo Vital, 22, has been arrested in the case and charged as an accessory after the fact. He is accused of driving a car used to move Rojas-Hernandez's body. Police say he also cleaned up blood and disposed of clothing and bedding.


Information from: Sioux City Journal,

Text Only
AP Iowa
  • Chairman: Branstad staff pressured board on hires DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The chairman of the state's Public Employment Relations Board said Thursday that two aides to Gov. Terry Branstad pressured the board to hire a friend of the administration, in the latest accusation that top government officia

    April 18, 2014

  • Police still hunt escaped inmate in central Iowa CLIVE, Iowa (AP) — Officers are still looking for a prisoner who escaped in suburban Des Moines while being transferred for a court hearing in a burglary case. Polk County Sheriff's Lt. Brent Long said Friday that 37-year-old Kenny Bevard remained at

    April 18, 2014

  • Iowa sex offender gets 18 years for child porn SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man twice convicted of child sex offenses have been given 18 years in prison for possessing child pornography. Prosecutors say 49-year-old Kevin Ammerman, of Clarion, was sentenced on Wednesday in U.S. District Court i

    April 18, 2014

  • Court: Man can seek office despite conviction DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A split Iowa Supreme Court issued a ruling Tuesday that allows a Des Moines man to run for state Senate and affirms that second-offense drunken driving is not an infamous crime as defined by the Iowa Constitution. The opinion

    April 16, 2014

  • Iowa Public Radio seeks more from universities IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Public Radio is asking for additional funding from the state's three public universities, a departure from a plan to become financially independent of them, according to a proposal released Tuesday. IPR is asking the Iowa

    April 16, 2014

  • Ex-Iowa doctor gets jail for violating probation HAMPTON, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa doctor convicted of sexual exploitation has been given jail time for violating his probation. Forty-one-year-old Brian Hansen was found in contempt of court on Monday in Franklin County District Court. He'd violated

    April 16, 2014

  • Regents considering Branstad order on settlements IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — More than three weeks later, the Iowa Board of Regents is still figuring out how to comply with Gov. Terry Branstad's order to post employee settlement agreements online. In an executive order on March 24, Branstad ordered his

    April 16, 2014

  • Medical marijuana bill may surface in Senate DES MOINES (AP) -- Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal says he will sponsor a bill legalizing the sale of medical marijuana in Iowa, reviving an issue once thought dead this year. The persistent efforts of woman who have children with epilepsy chang

    April 15, 2014

  • Iowa investigators join Story County death probe CAMBRIDGE, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is helping local officers probe the death of a woman in the Story County town of Cambridge. Her body was found by officers around 10 p.m. Monday. The woman's name and other details ab

    April 15, 2014

  • Sioux City council advances pit bull proposal SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Sioux City Council has advanced a proposal to change the city ordinance that bars pit bulls from inside city limits. The measure was advanced at Monday's meeting on a second vote and faces a third and final vote next Monda

    April 15, 2014

AP National