EUGENE, Ore. -- Three murder suspects were arrested with ties to the body of a missing Eugene man and the armed robbery of two different Siuslaw Bank branches, Eugene Police Department Officials said.
David Ray Taylor, 56 from Eugene, and two young Portland residents were arrested in connection to the recent disappearance of 22-year-old Celestino Gutierrez Jr. of Eugene. The arrested suspects, A.J. Scott Nelson, 22, Mercedes Crabtree, 18, and Taylor are being held in the Lane County Jail.
Police linked the trio to Guttierez Jr.'s abandoned car, which was found in Mapleton on August 3rd. Police reported that the vehicle was connected to the robbery of the Mapleton Siuslaw Bank branch earlier that day.
Taylor was arrested last Wednesday in Eugene. He was taken into custody by a modified SWAT team on a warrant from another county. Nelson and Crabtree were taken into custody in separate Portland locations last Thursday. All three are being held at the Lane County jail.
The investigation was linked to another Siuslaw Bank robbery at the Creswell branch on June 8th.
Investigators located Guttierez's body in a remote area of Lane County. He has been missing since the Mapleton bank robbery on August 3rd.