Leticia Smith arrested in Mexico in the murder of Antoine Smith

Leticia Smith appeared in a photo shoot

A California woman long wanted in connection with her husband’s death in 2015 has been arrested in Mexico, authorities said.

Antoine Smith He was just 35 years old when he was found dead in his bedroom at his home in Victorville, California on May 12, 2015.

Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department had initially received calls expressing concern for the victim’s well-being two days earlier. According to many friends and colleagues, Antoine Smith was not seen or heard from for several days. What’s more, they said, the text messages sent from his cell phone seemed off and out of line with his writing style. A missing persons report was filed the next day.

The victim’s body was discovered a day after deputies carried out a welfare check at the Smith residence. Law enforcement determined he was shot multiple times and died by homicide. An investigation then began.

The following daysSBSD detectives have publicly announced that they believe Leticia Smith, who was 33 years old at the time of her husband’s murder and was last seen driving a silver Honda Accord, was the culprit and was on the run. But she was nowhere to be found. The couple’s two daughters, Isabel Smith and Abigail Smithalso disappeared.

According to the leading NBC station based in Los Angeles, KNBCThe suspect’s mother – who did not want to be named – said her daughter felt trapped in the marriage and death of her son-in-law, while tragically, was the result of that unhappy relationship.

A neighbor said they recently witnessed the couple arguing – and suspects they were the last to see Antoine Smith alive.

“My heart almost stopped (when I found out he was dead),” neighbor Stacee Harold told the broadcaster in May 2015. “Because they hadn’t seen him and the last time I saw him was a fight… I might be the last to see this person if I had to. whatever happens to him.”

Other neighbors told similar stories.

According to Los Angeles-based leading CBS station KCBSThe couple, who work on a military base together, “fight often,” according to people who knew them in the neighborhood.

A neighbor was interviewed by a television station, Osvaldo Maciassaid his family heard what they said was “akin to a shotgun blast” in the Smith home just days before Antoine Smith’s body was found.

Authorities long believed Leticia Smith traveled to Mexico with her children and did not bother to issue an Amber Alert because the girls were deemed safe. But her whereabouts have become elusive over the years. In December 2021, the SBCSD’s Cold Case Assassination Team took over the investigation. After working with Mexican authorities, the defendant and his children were found to be living in Rosarito, Mexico.

Leticia Smith, who has dual nationality?. Miss. The children are safe, police said, according to Fox affiliate KTTV based in Los Angeles.

Defendant is currently being held at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, California on $2,000,000 bail.

She is currently scheduled to appear in court on April 4, 2022.

Smith’s case is previously featured above Pursuit with John Walsh.

[image via San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department]

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