Suspect in 5 Murders in Kansas and Missouri Is Captured in Ditch While Still Holding Rifle

Suspect in 5 Murders in Kansas and Missouri Is Captured in Ditch
Pablo Antonio Serrano-Vitorino
Missouri Highway Patrol

03/09/2016 AT 09:55 AM EST

A man suspected of murdering four people at his neighbor's house in Kansas City, Kansas, and a fifth several hundred miles away in Missouri, was captured overnight after a vast manhunt, the Missouri Highway Patrol said.

The suspect, Pablo Antonio Serrano-Vitorino, 40, was taken into custody at 12:18 a.m. in Montgomery County, Missouri, near the junction of Interstate 70 and Missouri 19, the Kansas City Star reports. He was found in a muddy ditch, still holding a rifle, the paper said.

The arrest marked the end of a massive search that began Monday night, after Serrano-Vitorino allegedly shot four men to death in a house Kansas City, Kansas, the Star earlier reported.

The victims were identified as Michael Capps, 41, brothers Austin Harter, 29, and Clint Harter, 27, and a fourth victim whose name was not released. Serrano-Vitorino rented a house next door. No motive for those killings has been determined, police said.

On Tuesday, Randy J. Nordman, 49, of Montgomery County, Missouri, was found shot to death in his home, reports KSHB-TV. Serrano-Vitorino's abandoned truck was found nearby, and he is suspected in that killing as well.

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No shots were fired when Serrano-Vitorino was finally apprehended, after police received a tip from the public. "He was exhausted," Sgt. James Hedrick of the highway patrol said.

"I am extremely proud of all of our Missouri State Highway Patrol employees for their outstanding work during the manhunt and apprehension of Serrano-Vitorino. I appreciate their work along with the work of all of the other law enforcement agencies and other groups that assisted with this operation," Col. J. Bret Johnson said in a statement.

Serrano-Vitorino has already been charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the Kansas City case, reports the Associated Press. He was in the Montgomery County jail early Wednesday and expected to appear in court later in the day, the Star said.
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