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Nurse Found Dead in Car at Casino

hawaiian-gardensA 57-year-old nurse from West Covina was found dead in her SUV in the parking lot of a casino in Hawaiian Gardens. Her husband was arrested and has been charged with her murder.

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POMONA, Califcasino-husband. (KTLA) –  A West Covina man has been charged with murdering his wife, whose body was found in her vehicle in the parking lot of a local casino.

Tomas Rodriguez Infante, 60, is charged with one count of murder. He was expected to be arraigned on Wednesday. His bail has been recommended at $1 million.

The bod of 57-year-old Charito Tolentino was found on Jan. 13 in the back of her red Toyota RAV4, which had been left in the parking lot of the Hawaiian Gardens Casino.

According to authorities, Tolentino died of blunt force trauma and stabbing-type injuries.

She had been missing since leaving a shift working as a nurse on Friday morning. It was her family who discovered her car and her body on Sunday morning.

Infante was arrested on Monday after sheriff’s homicide investigators serve a search warrant at the couple’s home in West Covina.

Infante faces a maximum sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole if convicted.

HAWAIIAN GARDENS (KTLA) — Homicide investigators have arrested the husband of a missing woman whose body was found in the back of her SUV at a local casino.

Investigators say they served a search warrant at the home of the 57-year-old victim, Charita Tolentino, and her husband, Thomas Infante, where they found evidence which implicated him in her murder.

nurse-murderAuthorities believe Infante killed his wife at their home then transported her body in a car, which he parked and abandoned in the parking lot of the Hawaiian Gardens Casino.

The victim’s family made the grim discovery around 9 a.m. Sunday.

They had searched at several other locations before the casino, police said.

Police say Tolentino lived in West Covina with her husband and 17-year-old daughter.

Tolentino worked as a nurse and was last seen leaving work in Los Angeles Friday morning, but she never made it home.

Investigators are now examining casino surveillance video to try to pinpoint the time the woman’s red Toyota RAV4 was left at the casino.

Police also hope an autopsy completed in the next few days will uncover more clues about her death.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Division at (323) 890-5500.