ESCONDIDO, Calif. - An Escondido man suspected in the death of his wife had previously filed for a restraining order against her and claimed she was abusive towards him, according to documents obtained by 10News.
Juana Montalvo, 43, was found dead in her home Wednesday, and authorities were seeking her husband, 46-year-old Jesus "Tony" Flores Hernandez, as a suspect in the killing, Escondido police said.
The couple's son made an emergency call about 11 a.m. to report that he was unable to awaken his mother at their residence in the 1500 block of East El Norte Parkway in Escondido, according to Lt. Neal Griffin.
Responding officers found Montalvo dead in a bedroom. Detectives gathered evidence at the scene and determined that she had been slain, according to Griffin, who would not disclose what led them to that conclusion.
The investigation ultimately led police to identify Hernandez as a suspect in the case, the lieutenant said, declining to elaborate.
Court documents obtained by 10News showed Hernandez accused his wife of being abusive in September 2012. A temporary restraining order was granted, but the case was dismissed the next month.
In the documents, Hernandez wrote:
"[She] hit me in the back of the head, slapped me in the face several times, pushed me against the kitchen counter, hit me in the abdomen. Constantly yelled at me that I was nothing and was worthless as a man. Threw items at me when I would not respond to her verbal abuse. She would also push me and want me to hit or push her back so that I would get punished for it."
While police did not release additional details on Wednesday's discovery, some neighbors said they have their suspicions. Some residents told 10News a few months ago, Hernandez had been spying on his wife because he suspected her of cheating.
"They had an argument and he left the house for about a month, but then he came back ... and I mean, everything went back to normal," said neighbor Teresa Valencia.
Hernandez was described as a roughly 5-foot-6-inch, 150-pound Latino with collar-length black hair. He drives a tan four-door 2004 GMC Canyon pickup truck, California license No. 7D60443.
Authorities asked anyone who is aware of the suspect's whereabouts to call 911.
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