By 4 this morning police had made an arrest in the case. Pedro Gutierrez Archuleta was arrested on suspicion of murder and was booked into the county jail this morning. His bail was set at $1 million.
Archuleta was arrested in his home without further incident.
Brawley Police Chief Henry Graham said information and evidence gathered during the investigation led police to arrest Archuleta. Graham did not speak in detail about the information or evidence.
He did say Archuleta is an acquaintance of a sister of the victim.
Graham said there were no signs of forced entry into the apartment. He said at some point a suspect entered the apartment, there was an apparent struggle during which the victim was stabbed to death.
The girl was dead by the time she was found by her mother, Graham said, adding police are still trying to determine when the stabbing occurred. He would not say in what part of her body nor how many times the girl was stabbed.
Graham declined to speak about the murder weapon, stating to release such information could hamper the investigation.
He said police are trying to determine a motive for the stabbing.
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