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Texas man murdered in hotel on New Year's Day after scuffle, one suspect arrested, cops say

Source: Lubbock County Detention Center, MEGA

Jan. 13 2022, Published 9:12 a.m. ET

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A suspect has been arrested after he allegedly shot and killed a man while in a hotel in Texas.

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Joseph Contreras Sandoval, 27, was arrested on Jan. 7 after a Crime Line tip, Everything Lubbock reported.

He was wanted for shooting and killing Edward Mayes, 33, on Jan. 1 at the Carriage House Hotel in the 900 block of East Slaton Road in Lubbock, Texas, according to Everything Lubbock.

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An arrest warrant obtained by Everything Lubbock details the alleged homicide that was filmed by security cameras.

Two men, one taller and one shorter, approached room 220 in the hotel. They knocked, and when Mayes answered, words were exchanged, the warrant said, according to Everything Lubbock. A scuffle then ensued.

The shorter suspect had a gun in his hand and pointed it towards Mayes, Everything Lubbock reported. The taller man stepped back and both men could then be seen running from the room.

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The shorter man was later identified as Sandoval, Everything Lubbock reported.

The name of the taller man was edited out of the public copy of the warrant, according to Everything Lubbock.

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The video showed Sandoval getting into the passenger side of a four-door pickup truck, Everything Lubbock reported. He has yet to be charged.


The taller man went into another room and came out with another person, Everything Lubbock reported. They went to the truck and got into the back seat, for a total of four people in the truck.

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The truck then drove off, Everything Lubbock reported.

The warrant did not specify the exact nature of the argument or the cause of the fight, according to Everything Lubbock.

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Police said officers are not searching for a second suspect, Everything Lubbock reported.

Sandoval is being held in the Lubbock County Detention Center and is being held on $500,000 bond, according to Everything Lubbock.


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