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Police: Man put dismembered wife in suitcase, set it ablaze

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By MICHAEL BALSAMO
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Investigators say a homeless man accused of killing his wife, dismembering her body and riding with the remains in a suitcase aboard on a light-rail train in Los Angeles didn't draw any attention from fellow passengers.

Valentino Gutierrez appeared in court Tuesday to face murder and arson charges. He did not enter a plea at his initial court appearance.

Los Angeles police say Gutierrez killed his 31-year-old wife in an abandoned restaurant in Pasadena before he chopped up her body and stuffed it into a large suitcase.

They say Gutierrez then boarded a light-rail train and later rode his bicycle with the suitcase in tow to the parking lot of a Home Depot, where he set it ablaze.

Police believe the victim is Tiana Alfred.

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