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Man accused of killing wife with vacuum cleaner in L.A. jail

March 13, 2013 |  5:05 pm

A fugitive accused of fatally beating his wife to death with a vacuum cleaner in North Las Vegas has been captured by an FBI-Los Angeles police taskforce and is being held in the Los Angeles Police Department jail, police said Wednesday.

The fugitive taskforce arrested Anthony Tyrone Mayo in Mojave on Tuesday morning at a home and took him to the LAPD jail pending an extradition proceeding to return him to Nevada.

An arrest warrant was issued for Mayo last month in connection with the slaying of his wife, 40-year-old Beverly McFarlane, police said.

She was allegedly attacked by Mayo last August, suffering injuries to her head, neck and body. Investigators believe Mayo allegedly strangled his wife and then struck her on the head with the vacuum cleaner.

McFarlane suffered a brain injury and died several weeks after the attack, according to police. Two children were inside the house during the attack but were physically unharmed.

In the aftermath of the attack, Mayo fled. Prosecutors in his absence filed murder, coercion and domestic battery by strangulation charges against him.


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