UPDATED: Suspect arrested in trailer park killing

Murder suspect Victor Manuel Hernandez is shown in this composite image that includes a background photo of St. George Police at the crime scene near Dixie Downs Road, St. George, Utah, June 22, 2018 | Crime scene photo by Cody Blowers; booking photo of Hernandez courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff's Office, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Police have arrested the suspect allegedly responsible for killing a man found dead Friday inside a mobile home in a trailer park off of Dixie Downs Road.


Update June 23, 1 p.m. Victor Manuel Hernandez, of St George, was taken into custody early Saturday morning, shortly after midnight, according to information obtained from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office bookings website.


Victor Manuel Hernandez, of St. George, bookings photo, posted June 23, 2018 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

Hernandez was booked into jail on charge of murder, a first-degree felony. He is being held at Purgatory Correctional Facility on $250,000 bail.

The arrest stems from an incident Friday where officers responded to a residence on 1575 North after neighbors contacted police about an altercation that took place at Red Shadows Mobile Home Park the night before.

“The altercation occurred some time during the night, and the caller believed that someone may have been killed at that location,” St. George Police Captain Mike Giles told St. George News.

After officers responded and taped off the area, detectives were called in to conduct an investigation and process the scene.

Officers respond to a suspicious death at a mobile home park off of Dixie Downs Road, St. George, Utah, June 22, 2018 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

Giles said that investigators were provided information on a particular suspect believed to be involved in the incident, who is being questioned by police at the writing of this report.

“We don’t believe anyone else is involved, other than the decedent and the person we are talking to and there is no danger to the public.”

Giles said that the investigation is still in the preliminary stages, and no further details are available as this report publishes.

This is the second suspicious death the investigators have responded to in less than two weeks, when the body of a woman was discovered June 13 inside of an apartment on North Bluff Street.

Read more: Police investigate unattended death when body found inside apartment

This report is based on statements from police or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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8 Comments

  • comments June 22, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    a trailer park killin’, huh? This place gets more like vegas each day.

    • Carpe Diem June 23, 2018 at 10:14 am

      I hear Gunlock is a quiet little town, comments, or you might try Motoqua. You know about Motoqua, rigghht?

    • 42214 June 23, 2018 at 11:17 am

      Sounds like your trailer park is getting dangerous, you should probably move to another.

  • Kilroywashere June 23, 2018 at 12:56 am

    Well Comments, you can always move to Santa Clara. Every type of law enforcement in my part of town. Not sure how many, but a lot. Even AZ was in the house awhile back. My next door neighbor 5-6 years ago . Not kidding .

    • comments June 23, 2018 at 2:05 pm

      someone maybe throw back a few drinks last night? Not even sure what you’re saying

      hahah 😉

    • Mike P June 24, 2018 at 10:43 am

      Kilroy. Huh?

  • mesaman June 23, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Just think how happy we will all be when St Geo and surrounding communities reach the 200 thousand mark. We can’t even manage what we have now yet we are led to believe we need Lake Powell water and a few thousand incoming residents each year.

  • JOSH DALTON June 25, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    Now it makes since! The cops were sweating me on Friday night. Asking me my name and where I lived. I was kind of a putts, asked the cops if normal folks just stand in driveways that are not their own. Turns out they had been looking for this schmuck! Never a dull moment in the “DD” GO FALCONS!

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