Suspect arrested after man shot, killed in north Austin hotel

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A suspect accused of killing a man in one of Austin’s extended stay hotels this week has been arrested.

William Morataya, 24, faces a first-degree murder charge. A woman who helped the victim get a room at that hotel told police just days before he died he showed her “thousands” in cash and also let her see a gun, a .357 revolver, he had gotten to protect himself. The victim was identified as 31-year-old Albaro Arnulfo Santos Menedez, who also goes by Dorian Osiri Rivera or “Chato.”

On Tuesday, Nov. 13, police received a call at 2:48 p.m. that a man was shot and lying on the fourth-floor hallway inside WoodSpring Suites at the 11100 block of North Interstate Highway 35.

An APD Metro Tactical team was nearby and arrived at the scene in approximately two minutes. They found the man with a gunshot wound and started life-saving tactics as Austin Fire and Austin-Travis County EMS arrived.

The victim died nearly an hour later. After conducting an autopsy, the Travis County Medical Examiner is calling this a homicide. 

Officers reviewed surveillance video of the shooting and the moments surrounding it and staff recognized Morataya, who was staying at the hotel, according to an affidavit. Part of the video after the shooting showed a woman and Morataya walk out with a pink backpack. That bag was later found at a nearby gas station and police say it had a .357 Magnum revolver with a spent casing and a live round in the chamber, as well as syringes inside.

When police searched the victim’s room, they saw similar needles as well as what appeared to be methamphetamine, as well as the same caliber of ammunition as those found in the backpack, according to the affidavit. They did not find any money inside.

Morataya’s bond is set at $1 million and records show he is in the Travis County Jail.

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