|For Immediate Release
Case # TBA
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
MAN TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR MURDERING EX-GIRLFRIEND AFTER ARGUING OVER MONEY TO CARE FOR THIER 8-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER
WESTMINSTER – A man will be arraigned this afternoon for murdering his ex-girlfriend by beating her to death after she asked for money to take care of their 8-year-old daughter. Arturo Tapia Salazar, 42, Garden Grove, is charged with one felony count of murder and faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison if convicted. The people will be requesting $1 million bail at Salazar’s arraignment today, Oct. 18, 2010, this afternoon in Department W-14, West Justice Center, Westminster.
On the afternoon of Oct. 15, 2010, 52-year- Cristina Ramirez arrived at Salazar’s Garden Grove apartment. The defendant is accused of engaging in an argument with his ex-girlfriend after she asked for money to care for their 8-year-old daughter. Salazar is accused of hitting and beating Ramirez repeatedly and strangling her to death.
The victim died at the scene due to strangulation and blunt force trauma to the head. Witnesses called 911. Salazar was arrested at the scene by Garden Grove police.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Cameron Talley of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.