Cops catch suspect in murder of 92-year-old South Bay woman

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NATIONAL CITY, Calif. - A Mira Mesa man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of murdering a 92-year-old South Bay woman during a burglary at her apartment.

Peter Thao
Peter Thao

Detectives took Peter Thao, 26, into custody without incident outside his home on Aries Road about 8:30 a.m. in connection with the death last month of National City resident Maria Rivera.

The body of Rivera was found by her daughter at their rental residence in the 1100 block of D Avenue shortly before 6 a.m. Oct. 22, according to police. Authorities deemed her death a homicide but have withheld how she died, citing concerns about compromising the ongoing investigation.

Officials also declined to disclose what led them to identify Thao as Rivera's alleged killer.

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