A suspect was arrested in Texas in connection to the cold case murder of a man who was found beaten to death in an Oklahoma park after a witness wrote a letter to police and claimed he was the killer, authorities announced.
The United States Marshals Service took Bryan Trochez-Giminez, 22, into custody without incident in Porter, Texas, on March 29, and he was expected to be extradited to Oklahoma.
According to the Oklahoma City Police Department, Wilson Perez was found dead in a park in 2017, but detectives at the time never were able to make any arrests.
“This case was recently featured in news headlines after an eyewitness wrote a letter to investigators giving details about the crime and the suspect’s name,” police said.
KWTV reported the letter writer knew both the victim and suspect, who allegedly admitted his involvement in the crime but threatened the witness if they ever came forward with the information.
The witness claimed Trochez-Giminez and a woman lured Perez to the park, where the suspect allegedly strangled and fatally beat him with a shovel, according to the station.
Court documents obtained by KWTV state Perez’s friends alleged to detectives investigating the murder that Trochez-Giminez was angry because his ex-girlfriend and the victim were dating.
Despite the friends’ claims, detectives never followed up on the lead and the case eventually went cold, the station reported.