TEMPE, AZ (3TV / CBS 5) – Tempe police on Monday identified the pregnant woman who was stabbed to death over the weekend as Kristina Howato, 39, as well as the man investigators believe killed her.
Ronald Elcock of the Tempe Police Department said, "Howato, who was in the third trimester of her pregnancy, what a Lyft driver and what she said when she received a pickup request in the area southwest of Rio Salado Parkway and McClintock Drive ,
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Police said Durazo was attacking her with a knife when she pulled up to the apartment complex near University and McClintock drives. She was still in her vehicle.
He continued to attack after she got out of the vehicle, Elcock said.
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Tempe police, with The Arizona Department of Public Safety and the La Paz County Sheriff's Office, used GPS to locate Howato's SUV near Quartz.
"The suspect was arrested at that location without incident," Elcock said.
Elcock also said Durazo admitted to stabbing Howato and taking her SUV.
The details of that interview were not immediately available, but there is no indication that Durazo was on drugs at the time of the attack.
Durazo planned to steal Howato's vehicle when he called Lyft.
"He ended up killing her in the process of stealing the vehicle, "Elcock said in an email to Arizona's family.
Durazo is being held at the La Paz County on first-degree murder – one count for Howato and one for her unborn child – in addition to other charges.
Durazo wants to make his initial court appearance in La Paz County. After that, he wants to be transferred to Maricopa County.
Howato has two children – a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old. Those children are with family members.
Police said Durazo has family in California. He was arrested about 25 miles from the Arizona-California border, according to DPS spokesman Kameron Lee.
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"Throughout our careers as officers, we have incidents that really, really touch our hearts and stay with you throughout your careers," Elcock said.
"Swift action and outstanding police partnerships" are what led to to "this is definitely one of those incidents that is really going to affect the police department for a long time." Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir tweeted Monday afternoon.
"We were shocked and deeply saddened to learn this tragedy, and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the Victims, "Lyft said in a statement emailed to Arizona's Family. "The safety of the Lyft community is our top priority."
Swift action and outstanding police partnerships described by PIO SGT. ELCOCK @TempePolice as responsible for rapid apprehension of the homicide suspected as being suspected of California @Arizona_DPS pic.twitter.com/I8nBfQUTpM
– Sylvia Moir (@ChiefMoir) January 28, 2019