Suspect linked to death of woman in Lemon Grove arrested in Oregon

Jennifer Krajnak found unconscious by deputies

SAN DIEGO - 10News has uncovered new details about the man arrested in connection with the death of a woman in Lemon Grove.

Investigators identified Casey Tschida, 32, as the suspect in the death of 30-year-old Jennifer Krajnak, said homicide Lt. Glenn Giannantonio.

Giannantonio said Krajnak and Tschida were acquaintances and were at a bar in Lemon Grove prior to Krajnak's death. The two left the bar at separate times and Tschida approached Krajnak as she was walking home, Giannantonio said.

Investigators believe Tschida shot her once in the head and left her lying in the street, according to Giannantonio. No motive was released.

A neighbor said she saw the SWAT team at Tschida's home early Saturday morning.

"We were woken up by the SWAT team at his… across the street from the house," she said.

That was just hours before he was arrested in Oregon.

Investigators tracked Tschida to his mother's residence in Happy Valley, Ore., Giannantonio said.

"An arrest warrant was obtained for Tschida and he was taken into custody by the Portland Police Bureau," he said.

Homicide investigators are on their way to Oregon to continue their probe and take steps to get Tschida returned to San Diego, Giannantonio said.

Deputies driving through an East County neighborhood at 2 a.m. Thursday found Krajnak fatally wounded in front of an apartment complex at Olive Street and Pacific Avenue in Lemon Grove. Paramedics took her to Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, where she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival, Giannantonio said.

A photo on Facebook shows Tschida a few years ago posing with a woman that the neighbor identified as his ex-wife. Court documents show she filed for divorce in 2008. The neighbor said Tschida also lost his job in the Navy at about the same time.

In the past year, the neighbor said she rarely saw Tschida at his home. She said that is when he stopped being the friendly neighbor they all knew.

She told 10News she is reserving judgment and hopes the charges against him are not true.

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