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Man accused in wife’s stabbing is arrested

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A man accused of stabbing his wife to death at their Fairfax County home was arrested Monday in South Carolina, police announced.

Jose Heber Hernandez Mejia, 49, has been charged with second-degree murder and will be extradited to Fairfax County, police said.

Officers found Evelin Molina dead in an upstairs bedroom at her Springfiel­d home with multiple stab wounds on Sunday, Fairfax police said. Police said that a knife thought to be used in the stabbing was found in the bedroom and that Hernandez Mejia was at large.

The suspect and the victim were married and lived in the same residence, police said, and the couple’s four children were not home at the time of the stabbing.

Hernandez Mejia contacted a family member and said that he had just stabbed his wife, Lt. Dan Spital said at a news briefing Sunday.

When family members arrived on the scene, Hernandez Mejia explained what happened inside, handed over some personal belongings to the family members and left in a 2016 black Honda HR-V with Virginia plates, Spital said. The lieutenant said police were in telephone communicat­ion with the suspect, negotiatin­g with him to turn himself in, though it is unclear if he did so. South Carolina authoritie­s found him Monday traveling on Interstate 85 in Anderson County, police said.

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