Murder Suspect Captured On West Coast

By Jeff Neumeyer

January 17, 2014 Updated Jan 17, 2014 at 6:50 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21ALIVE) ---Police make a breakthrough in the brutal stabbing death of a Fort Wayne woman.

The victim's former son-in-law is in custody in California, charged with the murder.

It might give residents in a quiet northeast side neighborhood the ability to rest easier.

We heard a number of homeowners say they were nervous in the wake of the startling homicide of 59-year old Debra Jones, who was found dead in her Myanna Lane home last summer with deep stab wounds to her head and neck.

Authorities believe they've nabbed the killer.

36-year old Freddie Alcantar Jr. was arrested Thursday afternoon in the Los Angeles area by U.S. marshals.

Alcantar was interviewed by police some time ago.

He denied that he had anything to do with the death of Jones.

But detectives secured and conducted a search warrant, and found samples of dried blood.

They were sent off for DNA testing.

" Unfortunately, due to the caseload that the state laboratory goes through, you can't just rush that DNA evidence through, you wait your turn, but eventually it did come back to this particular individual, it was enough information to suggest that he was the person of interest," said Mike Joyner with the Ft. Wayne Police Department.

City police got a tip where Alcantar might be hanging out near L.A., and let U.S. marshals know his possible whereabouts.

We’re told he didn’t put up any resistance when officers approached him.

Erika Jones, the victim’s daughter, contacted us to say she and Alcantar have divorced, and that she is in shock that he has been linked to the homicide.

Ironically, Debra Jones had volunteered here in town for an organization that tried to keep senior citizens safe from crime.

We await word on when Alcantar might be shipped back to Fort Wayne to face murder charges.

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