UPDATE: Tucson police identify suspect involved in midtown homicide

UPDATE: Tucson police identify suspect involved in midtown homicide
Dante T. Edden, 44, was arrested Wednesday, June 17, 2020 in Los Angeles, Calif. in connection to a homicide in Tucson. He is being held in the Los Angeles County Jail awaiting extradition to Tucson. (Source: Tucson Police Department)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Investigators with the Tucson Police Department said one man is in custody for the death of a 28-year-old woman last month.

U.S. Marshals arrested 44-year-old Dante T. Edden on Wednesday, June 17, in Los Angeles in connection to the death of Monique Leon, who was found dead in her Tucson apartment on May 21.

Edden was arrested in California for first-degree murder, kidnapping, robbery, burglary and theft of property, according to a news release from TPD. He is being held in the Los Angeles County Jail awaiting extradition to Arizona.

Last month, Leon was found unresponsive in her apartment on North Oracle Road by her boyfriend at around 9 a.m. Thursday, May 21, according to a news release from TPD. Her boyfriend called first responders, who declared Leon dead at the scene.

Police say Leon’s three young children were at the apartment where her body was found, but all three were unharmed.

Leon was found with obvious signs of trauma, according to the release, but the apartment showed no signs of forced entry. Police interviewed Leon’s boyfriend and neighbors to find out what happened.

Through their investigation, police discovered Edden was acquainted with Leon and stayed at her apartment prior to death.

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