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TPD arrests man suspected of numerous murders across U.S.

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Posted at 2:36 PM, Jun 15, 2024

TULSA, Okla. — The Harford County Sheriff's Office in Maryland announced a man arrested in Tulsa is suspected of murder in Baltimore among other crimes.

2 News' sister station, WMAR 2 in Baltimore, said Rachel Morin, 37, was last seen Aug. 5, 2023, at around 6:00 p.m. at a hiking trail Bel Air, Maryland.

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Officials later received a call someone found a woman's body near the trail, deputies believed it was Morin. Investigators later confirmed the identity.

Eleven days after the murder, the sheriff's office released information that DNA found at the crime scene matched an assault and home invasion in Los Angeles.

Investigators released composites and surveillance photos in hopes of locating and identifying him.

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On June 14, the Tulsa Police Department's Special Investigations Division arrested Victor Antonio Martinez-Hernandez after the FBI contacted them.

TPD arrested him at a bar near 21st and Garnett, they said he initially lied about his identity and denied any knowledge of the crimes.

"He fled there, came to Tulsa. And again last night officers with the Tulsa Police Department, the federal bureau of investigation found him, put him in custody and he’s sitting in there in Tulsa County right now awaiting extradition," said Captain Richard Meulenberg with the Tulsa Police Department.

Harford County Sheriff's Office said he could be linked to multiple homicides and had a warrant out for his arrest.

During the press conference, Sheriff Jeff Gahler said another case involved a woman and a 9-year-old girl who were assaulted.

According to officials, Martinez-Hernandez came to the United States illegally in February 2023, after being suspected of murder in El Salvador.

"So we’re just glad that collectively, not just locally working with agencies across the entire United States. And stopped him from committing these crimes because who knows what he was going to do next," Meulenberg said.

Martinez-Hernandez is suspected of first-degree rape and murder, he is being held without bond. He is being extradited to Maryland in the next few days. He is in the Tulsa County Jail on an ICE hold.

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