Family: Groom wanted in wife’s murder made odd phone call
BY CARLA K. JOHNSON The Associated Press May 16, 2012 12:22PM
A warrant was issued for the arrest of Arnoldo Jimenez in the murder of Estrella Carrera.
Updated: June 29, 2012 9:06AM
A man wanted for the murder of his bride who was found stabbed to death Sunday in Burbank was “very possessive” and jealous and called a relative Sunday to say he left his new wife bleeding after a “bad fight,” the dead woman’s sister said Wednesday.
Police are urging the man, 30-year-old Arnoldo Jimenez, to turn himself in “for the sake of his family and especially his children,” Burbank police Capt. Joseph Ford said. “I am sure they are very concerned for his well-being.”
Jimenez is accused of killing Estrella Carrera, 26, in her Burbank condo shortly after they celebrated their marriage on Friday night and into Saturday morning with friends, police said.
An account of the phone call Jimenez made, given by Carrera’s sister, Jazmin Carrera, is the first detail to shed light on what evidence investigators may have given a judge to obtain a first-degree murder warrant for Jimenez. Police said they are aware of the account and are looking into it.
Most of the bride’s family disapproved of her relationship with Jimenez, who is the father of one of Carrera’s children, a 2-year-old boy, Jazmin Carrera told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Jimenez had hit and bruised Estrella in the past, Jazmin Carrera said.
She described Jimenez as “very possessive” and jealous and said she doesn’t understand why her sister married him Friday at Chicago’s City Hall. The wedding plans seemed rushed.
Jazmin Carrera missed the celebration at a restaurant and nightclub after the ceremony — she’d been invited via a last-minute text message from the bride.
“It was just all of a sudden,” Jazmin Carrera said. “She didn’t give us enough notice.”
Family members became concerned when Estrella Carrera failed to pick up her two children Saturday as she’d arranged and asked police to do a well-being check. Her body was found in a bathtub, clad in the silver, sequined cocktail dress she wore at the wedding reception. Ford said it was possible she also was wed in the short dress.
On Sunday, relatives heard from a sister of Jimenez that he had called that day, Jazmin Carrera said.
“She said that he was crying and he was really nervous,” she said. “He said they had a really bad fight and he had left her bleeding.”
Jimenez hung up on his sister and wouldn’t pick up when she called him back, Carrera said.
There were no signs of forced entry at the condo in the 7800 block of Rutherford Avenue, police said.
Jimenez has been in trouble with the law before, but in the past eight years, only for traffic violations, records show.
In November 2003, however, he was arrested for deceptive practice, served six months of supervision and had to pay $3,915 in restitution, court records show. Later that month, he was arrested and charged with domestic battery and battery, but the charges were dropped when the complaining witness didn’t show up in court, according to court records.
Jimenez has had numerous driving violations over the past five years, according to records from the Secretary of State’s office. His driver’s license was suspended in 2007, 2008 and twice in 2009, and again from 2010 through 2011 after he failed to carry high-risk insurance.
Records show Jimenez was cited for driving on the left side of the roadway in 2007 and 2009 and twice for driving 15 to 25 mph over the speed limit in 2009.
Jimenez is described as 6 feet tall, 220 pounds with black hair and brown eyes, police said. His last known address was 4212 S. Mozart Ave., Chicago, police said. He was last seen driving a black, four-door 2006 Maserati with Illinois license plates L 641 441, police said. Records show he has owned the car since April 20, 2011.
Jimenez is a native of southeastern Texas and has a previous arrest for domestic battery, not involving Carrera, Ford said.
Jimenez is the father of Carrera’s 2-year-old son. Carrera also had an 8-year-old child.
Anyone with information about the case or Jimenez’s whereabouts is asked to call Burbank police at (708) 924-7300.
“We do not believe Jimenez is a danger to others, but we certainly do not know his mind frame at the present time,” Ford said.
Contributing: Sun-Times Media, Casey Toner