Police release photo of suspect in murder of ASU student

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Police are investigating the murder of a 19-year-old Arizona State University student inside an apartment near the ASU campus in Tempe.

Late Tuesday night, police arrested a suspect, identified as Luis Soltero, 22. He will be charged with murder, according to Tempe police.

Detective spent hours collecting evidence from the apartment on Lemon Street where the woman's body was discovered.

According to Sgt. Mike Pooley with the Tempe Police Department, the woman's boyfriend walked into a police substation at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday to report the death of his girlfriend at the University Pointe Apartments.

Pooley said he told officers where to find her and gave them the address. The man initially stated he was suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning at which time he was transported to a local hospital.

Police said that man, later identified as Luis Soltero, 22, is in custody and is a suspect in the student's death. 

Police say the Medical Examiner must still confirm the identity of the victim. Police are still in the process of trying to reach her family, out of state.

Neighbors said they did not know the couple well. However, one man who declined to be identified told 3TV "they fought a lot."

Earlier in the day, Tempe Fire HazMat responded with police to the apartment.

Tests by the fire department found no carbon monoxide in the apartment and it's believed the man may be suffering from the effects of a failed suicide attempt.

When police got on scene they had to force their way into the apartment where they found the body of a woman with obvious signs of trauma.

"It is a very grotesque scene," said Sgt. Pooley. "They found the body of a young lady, white female in her early 20s."

The complex is at 919 E. Lemon St., near Rural Road and Apache Boulevard.