LA HABRA (CBSLA.com) — A 19-year-old woman was found stabbed to death Friday in a gray Toyota in La Habra, and a man who police believe killed her was taken into custody at the scene, authorities said.
Officers went to the parking lot in the 900 block of West Whittier Boulevard shortly after 6 a.m., when authorities received a 911 call about a person in the parking lot who was armed with a knife, the La Habra Police Department reported.
The crime scene was about a block from the victim’s home, police said.
When officers at the scene they found an 18-year-old La Habra man “armed with a knife,” a police statement said.
“The subject’s clothing was covered in blood and he appeared to have a wound to his neck,” the statement said. “Officers directed him to drop the weapon multiple times, but he refused to follow those directions.”
Officers used a taser and “sponge round” projectiles to overpower him and take him into custody, and paramedics treated him at the scene and took him to a hospital for further treatment.
“Prior to being transported, (he) directed officers to check a vehicle in the parking lot,” police said. “Officers did so and found a female adult, with multiple stab wounds, deceased.”
CBS 2’s Michele Gile said the deceased has been identified as Salina Araiza,
The victim worked at the McDonald’s and had gone missing overnight.
“I know she was a very sweet girl,” said neighbor Lupe Duarte.
Friends and co-workers hugged and cried trying to process the news.
Police now believe that the 911 call they got around 6 a.m. came from Jose Bohorquez, the victim’s ex.
McDonald’s workers told Gile, Araiza had broken up with him about a week ago. They also said the couple only dated briefly.
She was discovered inside of his car which was parked next to hers.
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