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Police Checked Apartment Before Woman was Murdered
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More details are coming out about the unfortunate murder in Mid-City last night in which a woman was murdered by her estranged boyfriend. According to an LAPD statement, 30-year-old Flor Medrano flagged down officers on patrol yesterday evening after she was threatened and assaulted the day before.
Medrano went to the Wilshire Division station while an investigation began with searches for the suspect at and around her home on the 1300 block of Cochran and at his Inglewood home. Although he was not located, he did send a text message that seemed to indicate he was near her second-story apartment unit.
After spending hours at the station, Medrano wanted to go home and not to a domestic violence shelter or another location, as offered by police. She said her ex did not have a key and that her child was safe and in the care of someone else that night. With officers in an unmarked car behind her, she drove home and entered with them into the apartment at about 10:45 p.m. They checked it to make sure it was safe and went back to their car, which was parked with an unobstructed view of her door in hopes of catching the suspect if he were to come back.
Problem is, he did come back, unbeknownst to the officers, through the back window, possibly by scaling the roof.
It was around 11:25 p.m. when officers realized this. A phone call to check up on Medrano was made, but it was cut off and they tried several times to reestablish a connection. When they did, they heard screaming, which prompted them to call for back-up and run to the apartment. The door was locked and through the window, they could see her being stabbed. They shot the suspect and forced their way into the apartment.
It was too, late, however. Medrano died at the hospital, as did her ex.
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