Pregnant Lyft driver stabbed to death by passenger, police say

Posted at 8:13 PM, Jan 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-28 22:13:48-05

TEMPE, Ariz. – Police have arrested a 20-year-old man who allegedly stabbed a pregnant Lyft driver in Arizona, killing her and her unborn child Sunday morning.

Sgt. Ron Elcock said 39-year-old Kristina Howato picked up Fabian Durazo, 20, and drove him for about a half-mile to an apartment complex in west Tempe, KNXV reports.

Tempe police responded to the address around 1:30 a.m. after getting calls of a woman screaming and found Howato, who had been stabbed multiple times.

Police say Durazo stole her SUV and took off, but officers used GPS tracking to locate him. He was arrested Sunday along Interstate 10 near Quartzsite, roughly 25 miles from the Arizona-California border.

Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir said in a tweet that “swift action and outstanding police partnerships” led to the quick arrest.

Howato, a mother of two who was in her third trimester, was rushed to an area hospital where she and her unborn child were pronounced dead, according to KTVK.

Police say that early evidence didn’t indicate that Durazo was using drugs, nor that the two knew each other.

“Throughout our careers as officers, we have incidents that really, really touch our hearts and stay with you throughout your careers,” Tempe Sgt. Ron Elcock said at a press conference Monday. “This is definitely one of those incidents that really is going to affect the police department for a long time.”

Durazo is being held at the La Paz County Jail and faces charges of first-degree murder, theft of a vehicle, armed robbery and kidnapping.