Man Charged with Killing Ex-Girlfriend in Anaheim

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SANTA ANA (CNS) - A 36-year-old man who was free on bail on domestic violence charges was charged Tuesday with killing a former girlfriend in Anaheim.

Aaron Stevan Romo of Anaheim was charged with murder, with a sentencing enhancement for committing an offense while out of custody on a separate case. Romo, who is being held without bail, was scheduled to be arraigned later Tuesday in the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana.

Police were called at 2:24 p.m. Friday to an apartment in the 1900 block of South Union Street, one block south of Katella Avenue, Anaheim Police Department Sgt. Jon McClintock said. When officers arrived they found the body of 24-year-old Mirelle Mateus of La Palma in the apartment, McClintock said.

Romo was arrested later Friday in Riverside County and booked on suspicion of murder, McClintock said. Romo and Mateus had previously dated, McClintock said, although no further details were offered.

Romo was out on bail in connection with a domestic violence case dating back to Dec. 5. He posted $100,000 bail and was released Dec. 13. He is charged in that case with corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant and false imprisonment, both felonies, as well as misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and battery, according to court records.

Romo pleaded guilty July 22, 2014, to a misdemeanor count of reckless driving. As part of his plea deal, misdemeanor DUI charges were dismissed.

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