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Suspect in killing of Lyft driver booked into a Phoenix jail

Posted at 2:41 PM, Jan 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-31 16:41:44-05

PHOENIX (AP) - A man suspected of fatally stabbing his pregnant driver, killing the woman and her unborn child before stealing her vehicle, has been booked into a Phoenix jail.

TV video showed 20-year-old Fabian Durazo arriving at the Maricopa County jail Thursday morning.

Durazo had been held at a La Paz County jail since last Sunday on suspicion of two counts of first-degree murder and one count each of kidnapping and armed robbery.

He was arrested near Quartzsite, nearly 150 miles away from the Tempe apartment complex parking lot where 39-year-old Lyft driver Kristina Howato was stabbed.

Howato was in her third trimester of pregnancy and police say she and her unborn child died at a hospital.

Police believe Durazo planned to steal Howato's SUV and she was killed in a struggle.