Police Make Arrest Connected To Body Found In Car In Caney River

Tuesday, May 19th 2015, 9:54 pm
By: News On 6

An arrest was made in a Rogers County murder Tuesday night.

On May 1, investigators found the body of Rafael Hernandez-Torres in the trunk of his car which had been dumped in the Caney River near Highway 169.

Tuesday, investigators walked Roman Medrano into the Rogers County jail for the murder of Torres.

Investigators have been working around the clock for two and half weeks and said all the evidence they've collected has led them to the arrest.

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We are told Medrano doesn't speak much English, and a translator had to be used during much of his interrogation.

Authorities first took Medrano into custody Tuesday afternoon after serving a search warrant at the Evergreen Apartments in Tulsa where Medrano lived. Investigators said he seemed surprised when they showed up at his apartment.

After spending hours questioning him, investigators felt confident he was the person responsible for Torres' death. They said they don't believe he knew Torres well.

“We followed numerous leads, we talked to a guy recently that we took into custody and also some evidence that was collected through the investigation," said Gavin Gatrell with the Rogers County Sheriff's Office.

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Investigators said they are relieved to have him behind bars.

"From everything we have learned Rafael was a respected member in the Hispanic community in Tulsa and I think that his family will be pleased to know that his killer is in custody,” Gatrell said.

Torres was found shot to death in the trunk of his car on May 1st. Investigators believe Torres was killed not far from where his car was found and said Medrano knew the area.

Investigators said the motive was robbery; Torres' wallet and cash was stolen the night of his murder.

Torres' family said he was a very hard worker and owned his own taxi cab service.

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Investigators said the next step is searching through all the evidence they collected at Medrano's apartment to help connect the dots.