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Homicide suspect arrested in Montana

Sat., Oct. 11, 2008

Man detained at homeless shelter

The second man wanted in the slaying of Jennifer Siria was arrested in Montana on Friday morning.

Michael Anthony Quinones, 28, was arrested by the Missoula Police Department at a homeless shelter after the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office asked outlying police agencies to watch for him, said Detective Dave Thornburg.

Siria’s body was discovered Monday at her apartment, 537 E. Hawthorne Ave., No. 58.

Matthew T. Shope, 17, gave police details of the homicide hours after he and Quinones left “Jen-Jen,” according to his arrest papers. Shope told police he was afraid Quinones would kill him.

The teen sits in Spokane County Jail, charged with first-degree murder. He is being held on $1 million bail.

Sheriff’s Deputy Sam Palmer, unaware of the slaying, picked up Shope and Quinones about 3 a.m. Monday. Palmer let Quinones go and drove Shope to the juvenile detention center after he said he had run away from Daybreak, a teen drug-rehabilitation center, and was wanted on a warrant in Kootenai County. At the detention center, the boy told his caseworker he’d witnessed a homicide and asked to clean his blood-stained clothes, according to a court document. Shope later took authorities to Siria’s apartment.

Quinones has been wanted since Tuesday. He recently moved to Spokane from the East Coast and has a criminal history, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Shope told authorities he and Quinones gave Siria $20 to let them stay at her apartment overnight but decided to leave and demanded their money back. The trio had been drinking and possibly doing drugs, officials said.

Siria was beaten with a broken bottle and strangled with an extension cord, according to a court document.

Contact Jody Lawrence-Turner at (509) 459-5593 or

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