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Suspect Arrested in Weekend Murder of Santa Monica Woman

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A man who is believed to have killed a 61-year-old Santa Monica woman on Sunday morning is in custody, according to the Santa Monica Police Department. At 8:03 a.m., police responded to The Manor regarding an "unknown trouble" call, a dispatch classification assigned to calls in which the extant of a crime is unknown. Upon arrival, the woman was found dead with stabbing wounds. Standing right there was 55-year-old Rigoberto Ruiz, who did not resist arrest for the murder.

The Manor, which located at 1905 Pico Boulevard and is across the street from Santa Monica College, is a semi-indepdent living facility for the mentally impaired. The suspect lived down the street at an affiliated facility. No motive for the murder has been announced as the incident is still under investigation, explained Sgt. Jay Trisler.