A tense standoff between a SWAT team and a man who fatally stabbed his wife came to an end after police successfully apprehended the suspect.
Lazaro Bernabeu, 49, is believed to have stabbed his common-law wife, Eileen Lozano, 32, multiple times following a dispute this morning. The man has a long history of domestic abuse charges and had only recently been released from jail. Police arrived at the family's home at 135 NW 26th Ave. in Little Haiti to find Lozano lying under the awning of the family's apartment in a pool of her own blood.
She was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital but later died. Howeever, she was able to tell police that her 10-year-old daughter was still inside the house.
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When police arrived at the apartment, Bernabeu refused to come out and used his daughter as a hostage.
A SWAT team was called in, and the standoff continued for more than an hour until about 11:30 a.m., when officers used a battering ram to enter the apartment. Bernabeu was apprehended, and the girl was found unharmed. The couple has another child, but their son was at school during the incident.