SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) - "See something, say something" worked. Shortly after noon Tuesday, a librarian with the Salt Lake City library noticed a man who looked familiar.
"The librarian had noticed someone who matched the description of Mr. Boutain," said Chief Bill Brophy with the University of Utah Police Department. "(Librarian) called library security who came over and confronted Mr. Boutain and was peacefully taken into custody."
And after nearly a 15-hour manhunt, Austin Boutain was in police custody. He was suspected of shooting and killing a student at the University of Utah Monday evening in a failed carjacking. Police learned of the incident after his wife called 911 to report a domestic violence situation between the couple. But Boutain fled and police said that's when he allegedly came across the student who was killed.
Earlier Tuesday, his wife, Kathleen Boutain was booked into the Salt Lake County jail for drug possession.
"This is a win for our community," said Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown.
According to a spokesman at the library, the librarian saw Boutain walk into the library and noticed him. Adam Shaw said it's possible the librarian saw news accounts of Boutain's alleged crime.
Another person in the library happened to be standing next to Boutain inside the men's restroom on the third floor. The person who wanted to remain anonymous said Boutain asked him 'how you doing.' But at the time, the person did not know who he was talking to. Moments later, he saw Boutain arrested by security at the library.
"This person (Boutain) had distinguishing tattoos and they said that looks like the right (person)," said Shaw. "According to our security, they had a little conversation with him to make sure this was the right person and it turned out to be."
But now authorities say there may be more to Austin and Kathleen Boutain's run from the law.
They are persons of interest in another murder in Colorado according to police there.
In Golden, Colo., police say they were tipped by Salt Lake City police just after midnight. Police asked them to conduct a welfare check on a person who owned a green pickup truck that the Boutains were accused of driving.When police arrived to a RV trailer camp, they went to the man's home and found him dead. Wednesday they identified the victim as 63-year-old Mitchell Bradford Ingle.
News conference from Golden, Colorado police
"He died under suspicious circumstances," said Chief Bill Kilpatrick of the Golden Police Department. "We're going to try to talk to Kathleen. We don't want to call them a suspect, they are persons of interest but we certainly want to talk to that person and see if we can put some information together regarding our case."
Late Tuesday, Boutain was escorted to jail by the University of Utah police following an interview.
"I love you Katie," Boutain was heard shouting.
At the end of an afternoon news conference, Chief Mike Brown praised law enforcement from several police agencies in the valley that worked round the clock to find Boutain. He praised the media for its work in informing the community about the situation and also had kind words for the community.
"I need to give a big shout out to the citizens and today a librarian," said Chief Brown. "Yes, a big shout out to the librarian because a librarian was able to pay attention to what was being put out... who recognized Austin and then called security."
And he reminded the community: "see something, say something" does work.
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