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Man arrested in California after woman's body found in desert near Las Vegas

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Posted at 1:43 PM, Sep 21, 2021

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A man has been arrested in California in connection with a homicide investigation in Las Vegas.

Tuesday, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department reports 21-year-old Albertt Monterio was arrested by the Torrance Police Department (TPD).

Authorities say Monterio was taken into custody and facing an open murder charge after a body was found in a desert area earlier this month.

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A hiker originally spotted a body in the desert on Sept. 11 in the 17000 block of South Las Vegas Boulevard, past the Via Inspirada Access Road.

Responding officers located a body of a woman at that location with signs of foul play and notified the homicide section.

At that time, detectives determined the woman, who was later identified as 24-year-old Destiny Jackson, was reported missing to the LVMPD the previous day.

On Sept. 18, Torrance police say they attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle for minor vehicle code violations when the vehicle refused to stop and a chase started.

The vehicle crashed into several other vehicles before Monterio ran from the scene, according to TPD.

Officers say they located him not far from the crash scene in an apartment complex courtyard.

Monterio is expected to be transported back to Las Vegas, according to authorities.

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