The officer noticed something and made a connection to the murder case.”
the police had arrived, police said.
Klementich said that Prater had been arrested on May 1 on a domestic violence complaint. He broke into his mother’s apartment and was trying to strangle her, the detective said. When Prater’s mother’s roommate heard the commotion and came to her aid, Prater fled the apartment, Klementich said.
He was subsequently arrested by a patrol police officer, who was assisted by the roommate, said Klementich. “Then the officer noticed something and made a connection to the murder case,” he said. “He took the initiative and immediately notified the Homicide Division.”
According to Klementich, Prater was wearing a longsleeved T- shirt matching the description provided by the victim’s husband and by neighbors who had witnessed him fleeing Teng’s house, when he was arrested on May 1, two days after the woman’s slaying.
A subsequent investigation found dried blood on the sleeves of Prater’s shirt and a knife on him, Klementich said.
He said that police records showed Prater has an extensive criminal record in Texas as well as in other four states. Prater also has had psychiatric treatment in two different local hospitals, Klementich said.
Klementich described Prater as “unresponsive and noncommunicative” since his arrest. “This appears to be a random violent act by a crazy