The victim of a Friday morning homicide on Tooele City’s east side has been identified as 66-year-old Marcella Aragon of Tooele.
During a press conference around 1 p.m., Tooele City Police Officer Tanya Turnbow said the suspect in custody is the victim’s son, Jesus “Jesse” Aragon, 44, of Tooele. He was booked into the Tooele County Detention Center on charges of homicide, resisting arrest and trespassing.
Tooele City police were dispatched to Marcella Aragon’s home at 245 E. 600 North around 7:30 a.m. for suspicious circumstances and a welfare check, Turnbow said. The reporting party, who was a family member of the victim, alerted dispatch that Jesus Aragon was in the area and acting suspicious.
When officers arrived on scene, Jesus Aragon was in the home. Officers asked him to come out to speak with them and he did willingly, Turnbow said. Officers entered the home and found Marcella Aragon deceased.
The responding police spoke with Jesus but he resisted arrest and got into a scuffle with officers, Turnbow said. He was safely taken into custody and transported to the Tooele City Police Department for questioning where he was cooperative with investigators.
Turnbow said there were obvious signs of a struggle but no definitive cause of death or motive at that point in the investigation. The victim’s body was taken by the state medical examiner’s office but officers were still inside the home and in the neighborhood conducting an active investigation.
Marcella Aragon’s brother-in-law, Joe Santistevan, spoke on behalf of the family and thanked the community for their support and the police department.
“We’d like to ask the community to give the family a reasonable amount of time for privacy,” he said.
Santistevan said Marcella Aragon was a fine individual and treated the people that she came into contact with well.
“She was well liked,” he said. “She was a well-rounded person and it’s very, very sad this had to happen.”
Santistevan said he believed that Jesus Aragon suffered from mental health problems, but was unable to give specifics.
In spite of the tragic events, the Aragon family has been handling it the best they can, Santistevan said.
“So far to this point, I feel that they’re holding up good,” he said. “They’re relying on each other, the neighbors and what not. They’ll get through this one way or another.”