EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – On Tuesday, El Paso Police released the mug shot of the suspect in last Sunday’s Montana Street murder.

On Friday morning, April 15, officials with the El Paso Police Department (EPPD) announced the arrest of a suspect in Sunday’s suspicious death in an apartment along Montana Street.

Officials say 19-year-old Juan Pablo Gil was arrested by EPPD Detectives, along with help from US Marshals, Thursday night at the intersection of Hawkins and North Loop, driving the victim’s 2013 Hyundai Elantra.

Police identified the victim as 57-year-old Samuel Ortiz Lozano.

According to the arrest affidavit, Gil was upset because Lozano had not “paid him for previous sexual encounters.”

The Defendant stated that he prepared a backpack with a change of clothes in case he got blood on his clothes. The Defendant ended up stealing [Lozano’s] vehicle, cellphone and a dollar bill from [Lozano]…


Police add that Gil admitted to not only stabbing Lozano multiple times, but also punching him, strangling him with a towel and finally kicking Lozano, all of which led to his death.

Gil was charged with Capital Murder and booked into the El Paso County Detention Facility on a $1.2Million bond.

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