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Co-worker arrested at border in medical building killing

March 26, 2012 | 10:54 am

Medical building stabbing
Police said Monday they have arrested a man at the U.S.-Mexico border in connection with the fatal stabbing of a co-worker in the basement of a Mission Hills medical building.

Soon after the Friday morning stabbing, investigators identified Jesus Bautista Maldonado, 43, of Los Angeles as a suspect in the slaying of janitor Florentino Reyes, 43, at the Facey Medical Group building in the 11200 block of North Sepulveda Boulevard.

Los Angeles Police Department officials said in a statement that Maldonado was arrested around 11:15 p.m. Friday at the San Ysidro border crossing and booked on suspicion of murder. Homicide detectives initially believed Maldonado had fled the country before they could detain him.

Reyes, of Los Angeles, was working as an independent contractor in the building, officials said, adding that Maldonado and Reyes were working together in the building when the stabbing occurred.


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Photo: Suspect Jesus Bautista Maldonado, inset, and scene of stabbing. Credit: KTLA-TV.