Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Fillmore, CA: Man remains hospitalized after Fillmore incident that left wife dead

A man injured in an apparent domestic violence incident in Fillmore that left his wife dead remained at a hospital this week, officials said.

The 45-year-old man was still receiving treatment Tuesday, said Ventura County Sheriff's Office spokesman Don Aguilar. He declined to identify the man, who had not been arrested, and he said he had no update on the man's condition.

The man was taken to Ventura County Medical Center with serious stab wounds Friday afternoon after authorities responded to an incident in the 1100 block of Los Serenos Drive, officials said.

The man's wife, Maria De Los Angeles Perez, 43, was pronounced dead at the scene. She died of multiple stab wounds and her death was ruled a homicide, according to the Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office.

Authorities responded to the scene of the stabbing after the couple's adult daughter found them in a bedroom and called 911, sheriff's officials said.

Authorities said the incident appeared to be domestic violence and that there were no outstanding suspects.

The investigation is focused on the injured man and the slain woman and is in the early stages, Aguilar said. He declined to say whether the man is considered a suspect.

Perez was a part-time letter carrier at the Ojai Post Office, filling in for employees when they took time off, said Pam Mathis, her supervisor.

A quiet team player who canceled plans if Mathis needed her to work, Perez worked at the post office for about seven years, Mathis said.

Ojai Postmaster Greg Pace described Perez as an excellent employee who was friendly and professional.

"She was a joy to have as an employee," he said. "She's going to be greatly missed."

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