2 Charged in Death of Man Found By Burning Dumpster

Updated: 08/21/2014 7:30 AM
Created: 08/20/2014 4:10 PM
By: Cassie Hart

Two men have been charged in the death of a man whose burning body set a dumpster on fire earlier this month, according to the Hennepin County Attorney's Mike Freeman.

On Tuesday, 22-year-old Guillermo Ulises Ayala-Enriquez and 24-year-old Manuel Guzman were arrested for probable cause murder in the death of 31-year-old Rufina Alejandra Clara-Rendon. Guzman was already being held on unrelated charges.

Second degree-murder charges were filed against both men on Wednesday, according to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office.

The criminal complaint says the three men were at a barbeque on Aug. 7. Eventually, Ayala-Enriquez drove the three men to Guzman’s home in south Minneapolis, where the two accused Clara-Rendon of being a snitch. The two men took Clara-Rendon to a bathroom where he was shot once in the head.

The pair rolled Clara-Rendon in a carpet, then cut open a mattress and shoved him inside, according to prosecutors. They allegedly loaded the mattress into Ayala-Enriquez’s car, drove to a gas station and purchased a can of gas, doused the body with the gasoline and lit it on fire, the complaint states.

Authorities say dispatchers received a call about the trash bin fire around 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, near 39th Street between Snelling and Minnehaha Avenues in Minneapolis. Police were called to the scene a short time later because Clara Rendon's body was found next to the dumpster.

Clara-Rendon was identified several days later after someone recognized a tattoo sketch police released.

24-year-old Manuel Guzman
Photo: Hennepin County Sheriff's Office
22-year-old Guillermo Ulises Ayala-Enriquez
Photo: Hennepin County Sheriff's Office

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