SANTA ANA (CNS) - A 24-year-old man suspected of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend in a Santa Ana alley was arrested today and booked on suspicion of
Luis Antonio Garcia Morales was arrested around 9 a.m. near First Street andHarbor, according to the Santa Ana Police Department. He had been named yesterday a person of interest in the slaying of 21-year-old Maria Isabel Cerrillo, whose body was found in an alley in the 200 block of North Laurel Street around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police said she had been stabbed in the abdomen several times.
"The victim and this individual had a relationship in the past, and it's our belief that he's been contacting her in an attempt to rekindle the relationship, which she had no interest in doing," Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.
Investigators suspect Morales may have lured her into the neighborhood and attacked her, Bertagna said.
Cerrillo had been living in Tustin but recently moved in with her parents in Santa Ana and was working on earning a general equivalency diploma. She had no criminal history and no gang ties, Bertagna said.
Investigators are trying to determine why Cerrillo would have traveled about 10 miles away from her house at night, Bertagna said.
"She had no family, no business over there, so what drew her over there is what detectives were trying to figure out," Bertagna said.
Cerrillo's car was found in the alley where it dead-ends just north of First Street, about 300 yards from where her body was found, Bertagna said.
"So why did she park her car there? What drew her to the alley? That's what detectives were trying to piece together," Bertagna said.
Morales was jailed in lieu of $1 million bail.