METAIRIE, La. — A man wanted in death of his girlfriend found bludgeoned to death in her bathtub has been arrested in Texas and his three biological children he fled with have been found safe.
According to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, 43-year-old Pedro Alberto Monterosso-Navas, also known as Wilson Rigoberto Mena, was arrested late Sunday in a trailer park in Katy, Texas.
All three of his children were with him at the time of his arrest, and are reportedly fine and are now in the custody of Texas authorities.
Deputies began looking for Monterroso-Navas after authorities responding to a medical call at 3:35 a.m. Sunday found a woman unconscious in a bathtub. Two of the couple's children, a 5-year-old and an 8-year-old, had gone to a neighbor's house to seek help, saying something was wrong with their mother.
Sheriff Newell Normand says deputies found the woman unconscious with head wounds and she died in her apartment.
Normand said Monterroso-Navas fled with his three biological children, including his daughter, 14-year-old Jessica Nicolle Monterroso, and two sons, 4-year-old Yojan Manuel Monterroso-Flores and 2-year-old Jafet Abigaitl Monterroso-Monroy.
Investigators were told of a phone conversation that took place early Monday between Monterosso-Navas' child and a female friend who was staying in Katy, Texas.
The mother of that child called the JPSO 911 Center, which ultimately led to Monterroso-Navas' arrest.
Contributing: The Associated Press