Victim, Suspect In Apartment Murder ID'd

 Credit: CSPD
Credit: CSPD (KKTV)
Published: Jun. 3, 2015 at 8:40 AM MDT
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Police say they have arrested a suspect connected to a homicide at an apartment complex in Colorado Springs.

He was identified Thursday as 27-year-old Jonathan Nelson.

Nelson was arrested after allegedly leading police on a car chase in north Colorado Springs near the complex Wednesday night.

The investigation started early that morning after the body of a woman was found at the Grand River Canyon Apartments on Matt Point. Officers arrived at 4 a.m., and after assessing the scene called in detectives with CSPD's Major Crimes Unit. The quiet apartment complex was buzzing with activity for hours after detectives went through the scene.

Through the course of the investigation, police identified a white car said to belong to someone living at the complex. They asked the public to be on the lookout for the vehicle, which had left the area.

A tip led police to the car later that afternoon. Witnesses say police took two people who were in the car in for questioning. The car was located in the area of Austin Bluffs and Farmington Drive, about six miles away from the crime scene on Matt Point.

Then a few hours later, police received several tips that a possible suspect was back in the area of Matt Point. Police say the person--now identified as Nelson--sped off and started driving dangerously, forcing officers to ram his car with their police cruiser to make him stop. The suspect was arrested.

The autopsy results for the deceased were released Thursday afternoon. The victim has been identified as 27-year-old Ashley Melnyczok. The coroner ruled her death a homicide. According to the autopsy results, Melnyczok died of stab wounds.

Nelson now faces charges of second-degree murder.