Mexican police seek husband of slain Calif. woman

October 14, 2010
Campus police officials stand at the scene where the body of a woman was found in a bathroom Tuesday night on the campus of San Diego City College Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010, in San Diego. School officials say the 19-year-old student found slain in the bathroom may have been the victim of domestic violence. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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Campus police officials stand at the scene where the body of a woman was found in a bathroom Tuesday night on the campus of San Diego City College Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010, in San Diego. School officials say the 19-year-old student found slain in the bathroom may have been the victim of domestic violence.

Mexican police are searching for the estranged husband of a slain San Diego City College student after finding his car in a Tijuana neighborhood.

Tijuana police say they found the blue 1999 Ford Mustang with California plates early Thursday and they believe Armando Gabriel Perez may be somewhere in the border city.

Perez has been named a "person of interest" in the 19-year-old woman's death.

A body was found in a men's restroom at the downtown campus late Tuesday night. Investigators are waiting for a fingerprint match but believe it is that of Diana Gonzalez, the National City mother of a 9-month-old girl.

Her family had reported her missing when she failed to meet them at the school for a ride home.

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Police searched Wednesday for the estranged husband of a San Diego City College student whose body was found in a men's restroom on campus, authorities said.

Armando Gabriel Perez, 37, is a "person of interest" in the death of the 19-year-old woman and may have fled to Mexico, police said. The cause of death has not been disclosed.

A student found the woman's body in a men's room at the downtown campus late Tuesday night. Her family had reported her missing a short time earlier when she failed to meet them at the school for a ride home following a night class, City News Service reported.

Positive identification is on hold pending fingerprint comparisons, but investigators believe the body is that of Diana Gonzalez of National City, the mother of a 9-month-old girl, San Diego police Capt. Jim Collins said.

Police refused to describe her injuries, but Collins said the nature of the wounds made it difficult to readily identify her.

Last month, Gonzalez filed a police report accusing Perez of kidnapping her and repeatedly assaulting her while holding her captive in motel rooms for several days, Collins said.

The husband was jailed, and the Police Department's Domestic Violence Unit investigated the case and forwarded it to the district attorney's office, which declined to file charges. Perez was released from custody four days later, the captain said.

Gonzalez recently obtained a restraining order against her husband, but it had not yet been served on him at the time of her death, Collins said.

The couple had been married for about 10 months, he said.

Police believe that Perez may have fled to Mexico, since he apparently has at least one relative who lives in the Tijuana area.

Perez is believed to be driving a blue 1999 Ford Mustang, California license number 6GKA572, and should be considered potentially armed and dangerous, police said.