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Hawthorne Woman Found Stabbed to Death

The stepfather of a 22-year-old woman who was fatally stabbed in Hawthorne was identified as a “person of interest” in her killing, authorities said Friday.

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Naquia Catching, 22, was found stabbed to death on Sept. 26, 2013, in the apartment where she lived in Hawthorne. (credit: DMV)

Naquia Catching, 22, was found stabbed to death on Sept. 26, 2013, in the apartment where she lived in Hawthorne.

The victim was identified as Naquia Catching, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

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Alvin Hunt, the stepfather of a Hawthorne woman killed last month, was in police custody Sunday, authorities said.

Hunt, 59, was arrested and booked for murder Saturday in Long Beach in connection with the death of his stepdaughter Naquia Catching.

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Naquia Catching, 22, was found stabbed to death on Sept. 26, 2013, in the apartment where she lived in Hawthorne. (credit: DMV)

She was stabbed to death on Sept. 26 in an apartment in the 4800 block of West 118th Street in Hawthorne.  Catching shared the apartment with her mother, Hunt and her 8-year-old half sister.

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Alvin Hunt, 59, sought in the stabbing death of his step-daughter. (LASD)

Investigators initially called Hunt a “person of interest,” but L.A. County sheriff’s detectives later determined there was enough evidence to consider him the primary suspect in the case.

Hunt’s bail has been set at $2 million.

Police are searching for a man suspected in the brutal stabbing death of his 22-year-old stepdaughter, Naquia Catching, at the family’s home in Hawthorne last Thursday.

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Alvin Hunt, 59, sought in the stabbing death of his step-daughter. (LASD)

Alvin Hunt Jr., 59, was initially considered a person of interest in the case, but L.A. County sheriff’s detectives now say they have enough evidence to consider him the primary suspect in this murder.

“He’s been known to frequent the L.A. area and has family in Portland and Cincinnati, said Lt. Eddie Hernandez.

Catching was stabbed to death on Sept. 26 in the Hawthorne apartment she shared with her mother, Hunt and her 8-year-old half sister.

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Naquia Catching, 22, was found stabbed to death on Sept. 26, 2013, in the apartment where she lived in Hawthorne. (credit: DMV)

Authorities say they haven’t determined a motive for the slaying but detectives say they are investigating unconfirmed reports that Hunt may have sexually abused Catching.

Hunt has a lengthy criminal record including a prior conviction for murder and several other violent felonies.

He is described as a black man, 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighing about 160 pounds.

Detectives believe he is still in the Los Angeles area.

Anyone with information was urged to call sheriff’s homicide Detectives at 323-890-5500.

10/01/13

Man Sought in Stabbing Death of Stepdaughter in Hawthorne

Police are searching for a man suspected in the brutal stabbing death of his 22-year-old stepdaughter, Naquia Catching, at the family’s home in Hawthorne last Thursday.

Alvin Hunt Jr., 59, was initially considered a person of interest in the case, but L.A. County sheriff’s detectives now say they have enough evidence to consider him the primary suspect in this murder.

Kimberly Cheng reports from Hawthorne for the KTLA News at 10 on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013.

The stepfather of a 22-year-old woman who was fatally stabbed in Hawthorne was identified as a “person of interest” in her killing, authorities said Friday.

Naquia-Catching-DMV-Photo

Naquia Catching, 22, was found stabbed to death on Sept. 26, 2013, in the apartment where she lived in Hawthorne. (credit: DMV)

The victim was identified as Naquia Catching, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

Catching suffered multiple stab wounds inside an apartment at 4834 West 118th Place Thursday night, according to Hawthorne police.

The victim lived in the home with her mother and stepfather, whose names have not been released, according to the county sheriff’s department.

The stepfather was identified as a person of interest and detectives plan to interview him, the sheriff’s department announced in a new release midday Friday.

Catching’s mother found her daughter’s body after receiving a call to return home, family members said.

Neighbors described Catching as a sweet, hard-working woman with two jobs.

The motive in the stabbing was not known.

Anyone with information about the slaying was urged to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.

Anonymous tipsters may call “Crime Stoppers” at 800-222-8477, or by texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

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