MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Two men face second-degree murder charges for allegedly shooting a 31-year-old Brooklyn Center man earlier this month, stuffing his body into a mattress and lighting it on fire near a dumpster on the city’s south side.
The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday that 22-year-old Guillermo Ayala-Enriquez, of Brooklyn Center, and 24-year-old Manuel Guzman, of Minneapolis, were charged in the killing of Rufino Clara-Rendon.
Police found Clara-Rendon’s badly burned body on Aug. 7 near a dumpster on 39th Street East between Snelling and Minnehaha avenues. Investigators said they found an abundance of flammable liquids at the scene, and a witness told them he heard a loud “whoosh” when the fire was lit that night.
According to a criminal complaint, all three men were at a bar-b-que before they drove to Guzman’s south Minneapolis home. A witness said that Guzman and Ayala-Enriquez were calling Clara-Rendon a snitch, fearing that he told a drug dealer that they’d robbed him.
The witness said the three went into a bathroom, where Ayala-Enriquez allegedly shot Clara-Rendon in the head. Guzman and Ayala-Enriquez then rolled up Clara-Rendon’s body in a carpet, cut open a mattress and stuffed the body inside, the complaint states.
Guzman and Ayala-Enriquez then went to a gas station and got a can of gas. They tried to stuff the body in the dumpster, but it was too heavy. That’s when they laid Clara-Rendon next to the dumpster and lit his body on fire.
If convicted, both Guzman and Ayala-Enriquez face a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison.