A man who York County police have sought for almost four years for allegedly beating a Fort Mill man who later died was arrested late Thursday in Branson, Mo., said Lt. Tim Hager of the York County Sheriff's Office.
Clarence Cubley, 81, died in January 2003 after he was beaten and robbed in late December 2002, police said.
Isaias Diaz Gutierrez, 26, was charged by Branson police on an unrelated charge Saturday, but gave authorities an alias and incorrect date of birth, Hager said. Federal immigration authorities put a detainer on Gutierrez, a Mexican national, then fingerprint data that came from York County showed Gutierrez was the man York County police wanted, Hager said. Gutierrez then admitted his identity to Missouri police, Hager said.
Since 2003, police have had pending warrants on charges of murder, armed robbery and forgery against Gutierrez. Gutierrez is being held on those warrants without bond in Missouri while extradition proceedings begin, Hager said.
In August 2003, Gutierrez' girlfriend, Dana Gaston Blackmon, pleaded guilty to armed robbery in York at the Moss Justice Center under a plea deal with prosecutors. Blackmon and Gutierrez once lived at the mobile home park that Cubley lived in and had managed, police said after the killing.
Blackmon admitted she was outside during the robbery and helped Gutierrez take a safe from Cubley's home, prosecutors said when she pleaded guilty. Blackmon, whom Hager said Friday is still in prison, agreed to testify against Gutierrez as part of her plea deal in 2003, Hager said.