A 28-year-old Lake Elsinore man accused of murdering his girlfriend and stuffing her body in a suitcase is in custody in Riverside County, police said Wednesday.
Joseph David Dorsey was arrested late Tuesday night in Rosarita, Mexico. He'd been on the run since August, when he is believed to have strangled Christine Stewart, of Canyon Lake.
He is scheduled to be charged with murder at an arraignment on Friday.
Stewart, 47, was reported missing on Aug. 6. Her body was found at a Best Western Hotel in Poway two days later.
Investigators soon determined that Dorsey was in Mexico, according to John Hall, a spokesman for the Riverside County District Attorney's office.
Working with a number of U.S. law enforcement agencies, including the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, the D.A.'s office and the FBI, police in Mexico arrested Dorsey and deported him to the U.S. on Tuesday night, the FBI said Wednesday.
Dorsey was booked into Riverside County jail at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, records showed.
According to the criminal complaint filed in the case, Dorsey was convicted of attempted burglary in July. In 2006, he was convicted of assaulting a police officer, according to the complaint.