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Husband arrested after his wife is found dead in SUV at casino

January 14, 2013 |  1:59 pm

A 60-year-old West Covina man was arrested Monday on suspicion of murdering his wife, whose body was found in the back of her SUV at a casino, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

Thomas Infante was arrested after investigators served a search warrant at the home the couple shared and found evidence that allegedly implicated him in his wife's murder, sheriff’s officials said in a statement.

Deputies believe Infante killed Charita Tolentino, 57, at their home and put her body in the back of the car, parked it and abandoned it at the parking lot of Hawaiian Gardens Casino.

Infante reported his wife missing Saturday evening to the West Covina Police Department, said sheriff's Lt. John Corina in a statement. Tolentino, who worked as a nurse, got off work Friday morning and didn’t return home, Infante said at the time.

Family members discovered her vehicle, a red Toyota RAV4, as they searched for her at various locations. She was pronounced dead at the scene and an autopsy was pending.

Infante was being held on $1 million bail, according to the sheriff's statement.

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