CRIME, POLICE + COURTS

Second suspect arrested in connection with fatal stabbing of teen boy

Aug 29, 2018, 7:54 PM

FILE PHOTO (Adam Fondren, Deseret News)...

FILE PHOTO (Adam Fondren, Deseret News)

(Adam Fondren, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — Police say they have arrested a second suspect in connection to a fatal stabbing of a teen boy earlier this week.

Nicolas Espana, 28, was taken into custody today after investigators identified him using security footage and witness testimony. The first suspect, Enrique Deloza, 28, was arrested yesterday using the same methods.

Detectives say videos from businesses surrounding where the stabbing occurred, 71 E. Kensington Ave, captured some of the argument between Marcelino Johnson, 16, and the suspects. Footage reportedly shows Espana and Deloza running from the scene, and reappearing in security video outside a nearby motel shortly after. Johnson later died from his injuries.

Deloza has no prior criminal record in Utah, but Espana does.

“We do know that he has some criminal history here in Utah, as well as in Nevada,” says Detective Robert Ungricht. “One of the reasons we booked him into jail was just to make sure we didn’t have him leave the state on us.”

Court records show Espana was charged with shoplifting in May, and a warrant was issued for his arrest in June after missing a court appearance.

Investigators are thrilled to have their suspects in custody so quickly.

Detective Ungricht says, “Time is of the essence when you’re investigating a homicide. These detectives have worked tirelessly for the last couple days.”

Ungricht is also happy to bring Johnson’s family some form of closure now that Espana and Deloza are behind bars.

“They are going to be held accountable for their actions,” Ungricht says.

Both suspects have been charged with criminal homicide.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Crime, Police + Courts

A man looks for a break in traffic as he crosses 300 West at a busy pedestrian area between Walmart...

Kennedy Camarena

Three pedestrian involved car accidents have SLCPD reminding the public about road safety

After three car accidents occurred within the same week, all with injury to pedestrians, SLCPD is reminding road users about road safety.

2 hours ago

SWAT officers with the Salt Lake City Police Department stand in a driveway after they and patrol o...

Kennedy Camarena

Suspect arrested by SLCPD and SWAT after threatening medical workers with a gun

Salt Lake City Police Department and their SWAT team were able to safely arrest a man who threatened Gold Cross employees with a gun.

8 hours ago

Former President Donald Trump walks on stage during the 2024 NRB International Christian Media Conv...

Fredreka Schouten, CNN

Wisconsin ethics panel recommends criminal prosecution for a Trump fundraising committee

A Wisconsin ethics panel is recommending that prosecutors pursue charges against one of Donald Trump’s fundraising arms.

10 hours ago

Handcuffs are shown against a black background....

Alexander Campbell, ksltv

Salt Lake City man charged with credit union robbery

After the robbery of a Cyprus Credit Union in West Valley, a federal grand jury formally charged Joey Shaun Symond with the crime.  

11 hours ago

Police are investigating the scene at the University of Georgia in Athens where a nursing student w...

Rebekah Riess, Caroll Alvarado, Holly Yan and Jamiel Lynch, CNN

Suspect in death of Augusta University student found on UGA campus taken into custody

Campus police arrested a suspect in the killing of an Augusta University student on the University of Georgia campus in Athens.

12 hours ago

A barbed wire fence is shown at a utah prison, whose populations are rising quickly...

Heather Peterson

Prison populations are rising locally and nationally

Utah officials say that prison populations in the state are rising at a higher rate than the national average.

1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Second suspect arrested in connection with fatal stabbing of teen boy