Leopoldo Pacuan arrested in connection with death of Raquel Morales in Mira Mesa

SAN DIEGO - A 48-year-old man was in custody Friday on suspicion of killing a 63-year-old woman at her workplace in Mira Mesa earlier this month, police said.

Leopoldo Pacuan was arrested at his San Diego residence just after 8 p.m. Thursday in connection with the May 18 death of Raquel Morales, according to San Diego police Acting Lt. Manuel Del Toro.

Police said they believe Pacuan, who was on leave from LBC Express, went there last weekend to rob the business. Police did not say what, if any, relationship Pacuan had with Morales.

"He knew their hours, he knew the type of items that they would have there, and we believe that he did know our victim in this case," said Del Toro.

Officers found Morales at the LBC Express business office in the 8900 block of Mira Mesa Boulevard just before 2 a.m. May 18, after he husband called police and asked someone to check on his wife because she had failed to return home from work as usual.

Her body sustained "obvious trauma," Del Toro said in a statement.

Del Toro told 10News it appeared Pacuan was met with some resistance by the victim. Detectives say Pacual left physical evidence at the scene, but would not say what that evidence was.

Pacuan's family doesn't believe it. They are contacting lawyers and plan to defend Pacuan vigorously in court.

"The truth will prevail," said Pacuan's brother.

Pacuan's brother told 10News, "I know my brother," and he said his brother is a good guy who would never hurt another human being. He said his family is in "shock."

LBC Express is a cargo and courier service.

Pacuan was booked into San Diego Central jail shortly before midnight on suspicion of first-degree murder, according to online jail records, which showed he would be arraigned Wednesday afternoon.

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