Former Minnesotan captured in connection with Utah student killing

Austin Boutain's parents still live in the state.

A man captured in connection with the killing of a University of Utah international student has close ties with Minnesota.

Austin Boutain, 24, was taken into custody Tuesday in Salt Lake City after the killing of the student on Monday sparked an overnight manhunt in local foothills, CNN reports.

He was spotted by an alert librarian who recognized him from police alerts, and he's also considered a person of interest in the killing of a 63-year-old man in a suburb of Denver, Colorado several days ago.

He is alleged to have killed 23-year-old freshman and Chinese national ChenWei Guo in an attempted carjacking. His wife has also been arrested.

Originally from Mississippi, the Star Tribune reports that Boutain was adopted by the Boutain family of Alexandria, Minnesota at the age of 11. 

He stayed with them till he was 19, the newspaper adds, living in St. Louis Park for a short time afterwards.

He was the brother of Hunter Boutain, the 14-year-old who tragically died after swimming in Lake Minnewaska in summer 2015, in what was initially thought to have been caused by a brain-eating amoeba.

It was later found that he died from streptococcal meningoencephalitis.

In a statement sent to FOX 9, Austin Boutain's mother, Rosie Boutain, said: "We are thankful and relieved for the peaceful apprehension of our son. We grieve his irrevocable choices.

"Our hearts are broken for the victims friends and family ...can’t even fathom the level of shock and grief they must be experiencing. We thought we knew what losing a child was all about but this enters into a whole new realm of heartbreak... there are just no words."

The Washington Post reports that Austin Boutain has a string of arrests in Minnesota and Alabama dating back to his days as a juvenile, including for possessing a dangerous weapon on school property, car theft and drug offenses.

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