Palm Springs officer held in girlfriend's disappearance
Authorities have arrested a Palm Springs police lieutenant on suspicion of domestic violence against a girlfriend who has been missing for eight days, authorities said Friday.
Abraham Tokier, a 20-year veteran, was arrested Thursday in Cathedral City in connection with the disappearance of his girlfriend, Dawn Foster of Desert Hot Springs.
Foster, 37, was last seen by family and friends Feb. 24. She was reported missing Tuesday by a friend who was aware of problems between the couple, said Cathedral City police Sgt. Corwin de Veas.
Police told mydesert.com that they found Foster's car in the Coachella Valley and it appeared to have been in a collision.
Police also told the news site that Tokier had a history of domestic violence incidents involving Foster and that he was married to someone else. He would use the alias "Mike" when visiting the Fireside Lounge in Palm Springs with Foster, the website reported.
Police had been watching Tokier's Cathedral City home when they saw him driving nearby. When they tried to pull him over, he attempted to evade police but eventually pulled over near his home, the news site reported.
Tokier was placed on administrative leave by the Palm Springs Police Department on Feb. 25. He is being held on $500,000 bail.
De Veas said Tokier is not cooperating with the police investigation.
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