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Suspect in killing of Venice woman pregnant with twins might be linked to other incidents

December 10, 2009 |  7:04 am

(KTLA News)

The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating whether a man arrested in the rape and killing of a Venice woman pregnant with twins might be responsible for other sexual crimes on the Westside.

A 39-year-old woman was sexually assaulted and stabbed to death in her apartment in the 1600 block of Electric Avenue late Tuesday night. A 22-year-old man was detained at the location and has been booked on suspicion of murder, police said.

Authorities identified the suspect as Boneetio Kentro Washington of Culver City. He was allegedly spotted running from the house as police responded to a 911 call.

On Thursday, residents expressed shock over the crime.

According to KTLA News, the woman may have been taking groceries to and from her car at the time she was attacked. A neighbor -- possibly the landlord of the duplex -- saw the suspect go into the woman's apartment and called police, who arrested the suspect as he was leaving the apartment.

The woman's name was not immediately released. It's unclear whether the attack was random.

The LAPD said this morning that officers were trying to determine if Washington was tied to other recent assaults in Venice.

-- Richard Winton and Ruben Vives

Photo: The crime scene in Venice. Credit: KTLA News.

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