Alberto Scalant, 33, was arrested on suspicion of murder at a routine checkpoint in the hours following the discovery of her body, according to a statement from the Watsonville Police Department. Watsonville detectives headed to the border early Wednesday to begin the process of extraditing him back to Santa Cruz County, which could take days.
Scalant could face murder charges upon his return, police said. Family members found the woman's body in her apartment in the block of Clifford Avenue.
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Police were notified shortly before 7 p. Detectives quickly identified Scalant as a suspect, police said. Scalant was on parole on a domestic violence conviction at the time of his girlfriend's death and has served prison time on domestic violence charges, police said.
Detectives issued a nationwide and international alert for Scalant.
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The woman's death was the second time in less than a year that a young Watsonville mother was killed and that a romantic partner was implicated. Brenda Becerra, 24, was found slain in October in her family car near Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz hours after she was reported missing.
Cesar A. Hernandez, 47, was arrested near the U. He pleaded not guilty. Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Paul Burdick ordered him held in May on a charge of murder and two enhancements, committing serious and violent felonies, court records show.
Enhancements can be tacked onto a charge to increase any potential punishment. Hernandez's next court date is Aug. Anyone experiencing domestic violence may confidentially contact Monarch Services at its hour hotline, Monarch Services can offer resources or information or discuss potentially unhealthy qualities of a relationship with a caller.
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Alberto Scalant was arrested in Mexico hours after his girlfriend's body was found, police said. Watsonville Police Department. Find out what's happening in Watsonville with free, real-time updates from Patch.
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