Calif. man faces murder charge in Hawaii

HONOLULU - A Southern California man is facing extradition to Hawaii in the killing of a man whose dismembered body was found in a ravine.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports a U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force helped arrest Bryan Suitt Monday at his family's home on Coronado Island in San Diego.

Neighbors told 10News that they did not know him but that his mother is a wonderful woman who recently lost her husband. They said that federal agents were at the home for hours.

The marshals office says there will be a hearing in California to return him to Hawaii to face the murder charge.

On Sept. 15, a couple collecting cans and bottles for recycling found the dismembered and decomposing body of 34-year-old Alexis Gonzales in September in a central Oahu ravine.

"I'm still in shock," the victim's sister, Hillary Schell told Honolulu ABC affiliate KITV News. "I just don't understand. I don't understand."

Suitt was booked into San Diego County Jail and was being held without bail pending extradition proceedings.

On Nov. 26, an Oahu grand jury indicted Suitt on suspicion of second-degree murder. Authorities have disclosed no motive for the killing, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Gonzales, who had an auto-theft conviction and several misdemeanor convictions on his criminal record, moved in with friends in Kalihi about two months before his death, his former girlfriend Rachel Main told the Star-Advertiser.

According to postings on his Facebook page, Gonzales was from Long Beach, his mother lives on Kauai, and he has a sister who resides in California.


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