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Salinas Police Arrest Suspect in Laurel Inn Murder, Suspect Arrested at Court

By Kiki Jones, Director of Digital Content, kikijones@kionrightnow.com
Published On: Jan 10 2014 01:58:24 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 10 2014 03:52:15 PM CST
Hector Martinez

Hector Martinez was arrested for stabbing a man to death at the Laurel Inn in Salinas.

SALINAS, Calif. -

Salinas police have arrested a man they believe to be connected to a murder that happened at the Laurel Inn in December.

The victim, Bobby Dick, Jr., of Morro Bay, was found stabbed to death in his hotel room at the Laurel Inn on Dec. 5. A maid found his body after he missed the checkout time.

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Police said the victim was a traveling mechanic and frequently came through the area. At this time police have not released a motive for this murder.

The suspect, 31-year-old Hector Martinez, was at the Monterey County Courthouse  when he was arrested, said police.

Martinez was featured on Manhunt Monday in May of 2013; he was wanted by  Salinas police as the suspect in a stabbing.

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Police said Martinez turned himself over to police in 2013 after he saw himself on Manhunt Monday. According to police, he was in court on those charges when he was arrested murder.