Feds Track Slain Chicago Bride's Husband to Texas

Federal warrant was issued Thursday for the arrest of 30-year-old Arnoldo Jimenez

Friday, May 18, 2012  |  Updated 10:05 AM CDT
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The FBI has tracked the cell phone of a Burbank man suspected of killing his new bride to the Texas-Mexico border.

A federal warrant was issued Thursday for the arrest of 30-year-old Arnoldo Jimenez.

Jiminez was born in Texas and owns property in Pharr, Texas, according to a federal criminal complaint and attached affidavit. He has relatives in North Carolina and his parents live in Mexico.

Estrella Carrera was still in her wedding dress when she was found stabbed to death in the bathtub of her apartment on Sunday, two days after the pair were married in a City Hall ceremony, officials have said. Jiminez disappeared.

Law enforcement said they tracked his cell phone from the Chicago area to an area near Memphis, Tenn., through Arkansas, to Houston, Texas, and finally to Hidalgo, Texas, at 10:45 p.m. on Monday.

Family members told police Jimenez told his sister via telephone that Carrera had a bad fight and he left her bleeding, the affidavit said. Authorities said the couple were last seen at about 4 a.m. Saturday following a post-wedding celebration at a north side nightclub.

Jimenez told another close associate that he was leaving Illinois and the associate should tell police he has fled to Mexico.

Carrera, 26, is the mother of two children. Jiminez is the father of the youngest, a 2-year-old boy, the victim's family said.

Jiminez, according to officials, was last known to be driving a black, four-door 2006 Maserati with Illinois license plate L641441.

Anyone with information regarding Jimenez's whereabouts should contact the Burbank Police Department at 708-924-7300.

A wake for Carrera has been scheduled for Friday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Foran Funeral Home, at 7300 W. Archer Avenue, in Summit. A funeral mass will be held Saturday at St. Rita Church, at 6243 S. Fairfield Avenue, in Chicago.

Photo: Jiminez's car

 

Surveillance photo: Carrera in her wedding dress

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