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Woman found beaten to death in Simi Valley home, man arrested

January 26, 2012 | 11:52 am

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder in the beating death of a woman, described as his common-law wife, whose body was found in a Simi Valley home.

The woman's 16-year-old daughter ran screaming from the house in the 2100 block of Lupin Street in Simi Valley, a neighbor said.

The neighbor, Frank Real, said he went inside and called the police after discovering a gruesome scene.

"It was bad," he told The Times.

When officers arrived, they found a woman's body inside, but "the person who could have been responsible was not in the home," said Lt. Stephanie Shannon of the Simi Valley Police Department.

The suspect, Jose Monterrozo, and the victim had a young child together, Shannon said. Investigators said the woman, whose name has not been released, was Monterrozo's common-law wife, KTLA-TV reported.

Monterrozo was arrested without incident after he called police and then drove back to near the home, Shannon said. An officer noticed his car matched the description of a vehicle connected with the couple, she said.

"Police surrounded his car," Real said, adding that neighbors applauded when Monterrozo was taken into custody. "I'm glad he turned himself in.

"I think he just snapped."


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