California man accused of murdering homeless woman looking for place to sleep

A California man was arrested Friday for allegedly murdering a homeless woman who was trying to find a place to sleep, police say.

Carlos Urias, 49, was charged with murder in the death of 41-year-old Joanna Otero, Fresno’s Fox 26 reported.

He was booked into the Madera County Department of Corrections on Friday night, the report said.

Carlos Urias was accused of killing a homeless woman who was trying to find a place to sleep, police said.

Carlos Urias was accused of killing a homeless woman who was trying to find a place to sleep, police said. (Madera County Department of Corrections)

Police in Madera responded to a call around 11:50 p.m. Monday regarding an injured person in the area of 4th and G Street. They said they found Otero with injuries indicating an assault.

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Otero later died from her injuries, the Modesto Bee reported. Police said Otero likely was looking for a place to sleep when the attack unfolded.

Police combed through surveillance footage from businesses in the area of the assault to identity Urias as a suspect. He was spotted Friday while walking in an area of Yosemite and B Street and arrested for murder, Fox 26 reported.

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“The arrest of Carlos does not replace the loss of Joanne Otero, but we hope his arrest starts the process of healing for the family and the community,” a spokesperson for the Madera Police Department said in a statement.

Madera, in central California, is about 165 miles southeast of San Francisco.