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Suspect in homeless woman’s death arrested in Modesto

May 18, 2019
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This Saturday, May 18, 2019, photo released by the Modesto Police Department shows Joseph Chapman of Modesto, Calif. Police in central California say an anonymous tip has led them to identify and arrest a man wanted on suspicion of killing a homeless woman. Modesto police said officers pulled over 37-year-old Chapman Friday night and took him into custody. He was booked into jail for investigation of murder. (Modesto Police Department via AP)

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Police in central California say an anonymous tip has led them to identify and arrest a man wanted on suspicion of killing a homeless woman.

Modesto police said officers pulled over 37-year-old Joseph Chapman Friday night and took him into custody. He was booked into jail for investigation of murder.

Detectives released surveillance video earlier this week of a shirtless man with tattoos on his chest and arms and described him as a person-of-interest in the death of 47-year-old Christina Hill. The footage was taken at a liquor store Monday afternoon, an hour after Hill’s body was found in the driveway of a downtown business.

The cause of Hill’s death was not released. Police said investigators were still examining and processing medical evidence in the case.

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