Severed hand found in murder suspect’s pocket

Posted at 1:13 PM, January 18, 2024 and last updated 10:05 AM, January 18, 2024

PUEBLO, Colo. (Scripps News Colorado Springs) — A murder suspect in Pueblo, Colorado had the victim’s hand in his chest pocket when he was arrested, according to an arrest affidavit. Solomon Martinez is facing a first degree murder charge, according to the Pueblo Police Department.

The Pueblo County Coroner has identified the victim as Renee Marie Portillos.

Martinez mug shot

Solomon Martinez (Pueblo Police Dept.)

The incident happened Wednesday just after 3:45 p.m. as officers responded to Fountain Creek, just south of Highway 47 on the northside of Pueblo. When they arrived, the department says they found Portillos, 47, dead in the creek.

The arrest papers say police spoke with two witnesses, one of which said that Martinez asked him to get rid of a body. The other told police he saw Martinez, 26, washing blood off of his hands at a car wash.

The affidavit goes on to say that dried blood was also found in Martinez’s vehicle.

Martinez admitted to picking Portillos up, but denied killing her and said that he later dropped her off. He told police his friend borrowed his car, and that he must have later found and killed her.

This is the fourth homicide in the City of Pueblo in 2024.

This story was originally published by Scripps News Colorado Springs, an E.W. Scripps Company.