TEMPE, AZ (3TV / CBS 5) – Tempe police on Monday identified a pregnant woman who had been slaughtered over the weekend as Christina Hovato, 39, and also, according to investigators, killed her.
Hovato, who was in the third trimester of her pregnancy, was an Elevator driver and worked when she received a request for loading in the area southwest of Rio Salado Boulevard and McClintock Drive, a sergeant. Ron Elcock from the Tempe police department said.
There she discovered Fabian Durazo, 20, whom the police identified as a suspect.
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Police reported that Durazo attacked her with a knife when the victim arrived at a residential complex near the university and drives through McClintock. She was still in her car.
He continued to attack after she got out of the car, Elcock said. Then Durazo left the scene in his 2005 silver Mercury SUV.
Witnesses reported seeing an SUV leaving the scene.
Hovato was taken to the hospital where she and her unborn child were declared dead.
Tempe Police, using the Arizona Department of Public Security and the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office, used GPS to locate the Howato off-road vehicle near the Quartz site.
“The suspect was arrested at this location without incident,” said Elcock.
Elcock also said that Durazo had admitted that he had killed Khovato and had taken her SUV.
The details of this interview were not immediately available, but there is no indication that Durazo was taking drugs during the attack. They also do not believe that Durazo and Hovato knew each other before calling the Elevator.
The police did not identify the motive, but Elcock said investigators believe that Durazo was planning to steal Hovato’s car when he called the elevator.
“In the end, he killed her in a carjacking process,” Elcock said in an e-mail to the Arizona family.
Durazo is held in La Paz County on suspicion of first-degree murder — one count for Hovato and one for her unborn child — in addition to other charges.
Durazo first appears in court in La Paz County. After that, it will be determined when it will be transferred to Maricopa County.
Hovato has two children – 2-year-old and 4-year-old. These children are with family members.
Police said Durazo has a family in California. According to DPS spokesman Cameron Lee, he was arrested about 25 miles from the border of Arizona and California.
Arizona State University confirmed to the Arizona family that Durazo is currently not a student. He took lessons at ASU for one year in 2016.
“Throughout our career as officers, we have had cases that really affect our hearts and remain with you throughout your career,” said Elcock. "This is definitely one of those incidents that will really affect the police department for a long time, and the community will think about it for a long time."
“Swift actions and outstanding partnerships with the police” led to “rapid detention” of Durazo, Police chief Tempe Sylvia Moir tweeted Monday afternoon.
“We were shocked and deeply saddened to learn about this tragedy, and our thoughts are connected with the family and friends of the victims,” Lift said in a statement addressed to the Arizona family. “The safety of the Lyft community is our top priority. The passenger’s account has been completely deactivated, and we are actively helping law enforcement agencies to investigate them. ”
Quick actions and outstanding partnerships with the police, described by the PIO SGT. Elcock @TempePolice equally responsible for quickly arresting a murder suspect, since the suspect fled to California @Arizona_DPS pic.twitter.com/I8nBfQUTpM
– Sylvia Moir (@ChiefMoir) January 28, 2019