Husband Arrested for Death of Woman Found in Hawaiian Gardens Casino Parking Lot

Tomas Infante, 60, of West Covina was arrested early Monday, according to the sheriff's department.

* Editor's Note: Updated at 7:45 p.m. with booking photo and sheriff's detectives now say suspect's first name is "Tomas."

A 60-year-old man was arrested early today on suspicion of killing his wife whose body was found inside her vehicle parked at the Hawaiian Gardens Casino.

Tomas Infante was arrested at 12:55 a.m. Monday by sheriff's homicide investigators. He is accused of murdering his wife, Charita Tolentino, 57, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Infante is being held on $1 million bail, the sheriff's department reported.

Investigators served a search warrant at the couple's West Covina home where they located evidence which implicated the suspect in the murder. 

"It appears from the evidence that the suspect killed the victim at the location and then transported her body in a car, which he parked and abandoned in the parking lot of the Hawaiian Gardens Casino," the sheriff's department reported. The couple has a 17-year-old daughter who lived with them at the location. 

The investigation began when Tolentino's body was found inside her Toyota SUV at the casino parking lot located at 11871 Carson St. about 9:30 a.m. Jan. 13. 

The woman appeared to have suffered blunt force trauma, sheriff's Lt.
John Corina said. An autopsy will determine her cause of death.

The victim's family reported her missing Friday morning and began actively searching for her. They eventually found her vehicle at the casino lot and immediately contacted authorities, Juan Garza, publicist of the city of Hawaiian Gardens, told Patch. 

Anyone with information on this case was asked to contact LASD homicide investigators at 323-890-5500.


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