Passenger brutally stabs and kills pregnant Lyft driver and her unborn child before driving away with her car
The Lyft driver's killer is being held on two counts of first-degree murder, one count of vehicle theft, one count of armed robbery and one count of kidnapping
A Lyft passenger in Arizona viciously and ruthlessly stabbed his heavily pregnant driver to death, killing her and also her unborn child before stealing the car and then driving off for around 150 miles with it.
The horrific incident took place on January 27 when 20-year-old Fabian Durazo brutally attacked 39-year-old Kristina Howato who was allegedly in her third trimester at the time of the merciless attack.
According to the Tempe police, reports kxan, Fabian attacked the mother of three with a knife when she was inside the car and then continued to attack her when she had exited her sports utility vehicle. The authorities shared that they do not believe Durazo and Howato knew each other and the motive behind the attack is not yet known.
This is 20-year-old Fabian Durazo. He’s accused of stabbing a pregnant Lyft driver at a Tempe apartment complex multiple times yesterday. Mom and baby died. Right now, he’s in the La Paz County jail waiting to be transferred to the Maricopa County jail. pic.twitter.com/6ZF1ToeweY— Maria Hechanova (@MariaHechanova) January 29, 2019
Durazo took the victim's vehicle and drove for around 150 miles before getting arrested near the California line. He was being held on suspicion of two counts of first-degree murder and one count each of kidnapping and armed robbery at the La Paz County jail, the authorities shared.
Police spokesman Sgt. Ron Elcock revealed that Howato was working when she received a pickup request in West Tempe. It is reported that Durazo attacked Howato once they had arrived at an apartment complex. After receiving reports of a woman screaming in a parking lot at around 1.30 am, the police officers responded to the scene. They discovered Howato was suffering from multiple stab wounds and was rushed to the hospital where she and her unborn baby passed away.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety officials had to use GPS tracking in order to find the stolen SUV on Interstate 10 near Quartzsite which is about 25 miles from the Arizona-California line. Durazo was taken into custody on January 27. Elcock shared in a news conference, "Throughout our careers as officers, we have incidents that really, really touch our hearts and stay with you throughout your careers."
"This is definitely one of those incidents that really is going to affect the police department for a long time," he continued. San Francisco-based Lyft released a statement which read, "We were shocked and deeply saddened to learn of this tragedy, and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victims." Lyft is also assisting with the investigation and said that the passenger's account has been permanently deleted.