District Attorney announces murder charge against fugitive Armando Perez

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Prosecutors filed a murder charge today against the
fugitive husband of a 19-year-old San Diego City College student slain this
week in a restroom at the downtown campus.

Armando Gabriel Perez, 37, has been at large since the Tuesday night
stabbing death of his wife of 10 months, National City resident Diana Gonzalez,
the mother of his 9-month-old daughter.

Authorities believe he fled to Mexico, where his blue 1999 Ford Mustang
was found abandoned just south of the U.S. border on Wednesday night.

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis announced this evening that her office
had filed a murder charge against Perez, along with a special circumstance
allegation of lying in wait. He would face life in prison without the
possibility of parole if convicted.

A fellow college student found the victim's body in a men's room at the
Park Boulevard campus about 10 p.m. Tuesday. Her family had reported her
missing a short time earlier, when she failed to meet them outside the school
for a ride home following a night class, SDPD Capt. Jim Collins said.

Police sealed the autopsy results and have refused to disclose
information about the type of assault she suffered, but the criminal complaint
against Perez alleges that he used a knife in the fatal assault.

Collins previously said the nature of the young woman's wounds made it
difficult to readily identify her, and witnesses described the scene of the
killing as gruesome and very bloody.

Gonzalez's relatives had been driving her to and from school in recent
weeks out of concern that her husband might try to harm her, according to
Collins.

Last month, she filed a police report accusing Perez of kidnapping her,
then beating and repeatedly raping her while holding her captive in motel rooms
for several days.

He was jailed, and the SDPD Domestic Violence Unit investigated the case
and forwarded it to the District Attorney's Office, which declined to file
charges. Perez was released from custody following four days behind bars, the
captain said.

Dumanis has declined to disclose why the abduction-assault case was not
pursued.

The victim recently obtained a restraining order against Perez, who has
lived in Logan Heights and Chula Vista and has at least one relative who
resides in Tijuana, authorities said.

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