A Lyft driver in a suburb of Phoenix has brutally stabbed his pregnant driver several times and killed her and his unborn child on Sunday morning before he died Stolen vehicle of the victim, the authorities said.
Suspect Fabian Durazo, 20, had driven nearly 150 miles before being arrested near the California Line on Monday. The Tempe police said the victim was Kristina Howato, 39, in the third trimester of pregnancy, a report said.
Durazo was held in a prison in La Paz because two cases of first-degree murder and one kidnapping case each had been suspected and armed robbery, authorities said.
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Howato worked as a Lyft driver early Sunday when she received a pick-up order in West Tempe at about 1 am said Sgt. Ron Elcock, a police spokesman. Tempe is about 10 miles east of Phoenix.
Durazo is reported to have repeatedly injured Howato in the 2005 Mercury SUV and continued the attack outside the car, the Arizona Republic reported.
The attack occurred when they arrived in an apartment complex. About half a mile from the pickup point, he fled her vehicle. The police reacted to the apartment complex at about 1:30 am after receiving reports of a screaming woman in the parking lot.
Tempe police found that Howato had several stab injuries, the report said. She was taken to a hospital where she and the unborn child died.
US Department of Public Security officials then used GPS tracking to locate the stolen SUV on Interstate 10 near Quartzsite, about 40 kilometers from the Arizona-California Tribune Media line. Durazo was remanded on Sunday afternoon.
The police said they did not believe Durazo and Howato knew each other and did not specify a motive for the deadly knife stab.
Howato is survived by two other small children aged 2 and 2 years The Republic.
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. "Throughout our career as officers, we have incidents that truly touch our hearts and careers in their hearts," said Elcock at a news conference. "This is definitely one of those incidents that will affect the police for a very long time."
A statement from Lyft officials in San Francisco said, "We were shocked and deeply distressed when we learned of this tragedy and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victims."
Lyft said he supported the passenger's investigation and account had been permanently suspended.
It was unclear whether Durazo still had a lawyer to speak on his behalf.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.