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Fugitive In Valley Village Murder, Fire Arrested In Mexico

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Omar Armando Loera Valley Village Murder

Police say Omar Loera murdered Cheree Osmanhodzic, 34, then set fire to her house.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police say a fugitive suspected of killing a woman during a burglary and setting her house on fire has been apprehended in Mexico.

The LAPD said in a statement that Baja State Police arrested 34-year-old Omar Armando Loera in Mexicali on Tuesday.

Police say Loera could be transferred to U.S. authorities as soon as Tuesday night.

Loera, a transient parolee, was wanted in the killing of Chere Osmanhodzic, who was found stabbed to death July 24 in her burned home in North Hollywood.

Police had issued an arrest warrant for Loera on Sept. 16.

The statement says homicide detectives had used several leads to determine Loera was in Mexico, and U.S. marshals and Mexican authorities had been seeking him there.

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