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Covina Police Department
Wednesday April 25th, 2018 :: 09:54 a.m. PDT

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LA DA files murder charges against Miguel Prieto for the murder of his ex-wife on April 11, 2018. See https://covinaca.gov/police/pag

MEDIA CONTACT: Police Sergeant Ryan Davis
                                                Phone: (626) 384-5663
                                                FAX: (626) 384-5690
                                                email:  rdavis@covinaca.gov
 
DATE:                                    April 24, 2018
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
 
Charges Filed in Multiple Murder in Cities of Covina and Azusa
 
On April 11, 2018 at 2:45PM, Covina Police officers responded to an apartment in the 1300 block of West San Bernardino Road in the City of Covina regarding a call of a 42 year old woman who had been shot and killed.  Several witnesses and family members led Covina Police detectives to Miguel Prieto, the victim’s ex-husband and possible suspect.  With the assistance of task force detectives from the cities of Covina and Azusa Police Departments, and the Taskforce for Regional Auto Theft Prevention (TRAP), Prieto was located in his vehicle, with a revolver in a Long Beach parking lot a few hours after the murder.
 
Covina Police detectives continued their investigation and discovered Prieto was possibly connected to a murder investigation which occurred on February 9, 2018 at approximately 9:52PM, in the 1500 block of West McKenley Avenue in the City of Azusa.  Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau assisted Azusa Police Department with the investigation involving a male and female adult who were shot at while inside a vehicle.  The male survived the shooting and the female later died from her wounds. 
 
Based on these two incidents, on April 19th the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder against Miguel Prieto.  He is currently being held without bail at the Los Angeles County Men’s Jail.
 
Any information or questions regarding the Covina crime please contact Covina Police Department Detective Statler 626-384-5622, Watch Commander 626-384-5665 or Crime Stoppers 800-222-TIPS (8477).  Refer to Covina PD case #18-10679
Anyone with information about the Azusa incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau Lieutenant Mendoza at 323-890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477).  Use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org
 

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444 North Citrus Avenue
Covina, CA 91723

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