Durham Police have arrested Raven Abaroa in connection death of his wife, Janet Abaroa, in 2005.
Abaroa, 30, was arrested Monday at his home in in Montpelier, Idaho. He is refusing extradition -- a hearing is scheduled for Feb. 17. Until then, Abaroa will remain at the Caribou County Jail without bond.
Janet Abaroa, 25, was stabbed to death inside her home in Durham on April 26, 2005. There were no obvious signs of a break-in, but a laptop computer was missing from the house.
The Abaroas' 6-month-old son, Kaiden, was in the residence at the time of the murder but was uninjured.
In the hours before her death, Janet Abaroa, who was in the early stages of pregnancy, picked up her child at day care and went with her husband to drop her car off for repairs. The Abaroas met with a church member at their home that evening before Raven Abaroa left the house around 8:30 p.m. in a gray Dodge Durango to play in an indoor soccer game in Morrisville. Raven Abaroa told officers he found his wife when he returned home from the game around 11 p.m.
Janet Abaroa's family said in a statement that they are "disappointed that Raven has chosen to fight extradition to North Carolina. ... We would have assumed that Raven would have wanted to return to Durham to clear his name. He has continually professed his innocence ... an innocent person would welcome the opportunity to clear their name."
"It's all the more tragic because their son in law, former son in law, has been arrested for the murder of their daughter," family friend Tim Dowd said. "This is somebody that they welcomed into their family with open arms, and loved him."
The arrest was a joint operation by the Durham Police Department, the FBI Task Force, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Montpelier Police Department, the East Idaho STAR (Special Tactics and Response) Team and the Bear Lake County (Idaho) Sheriff's Department.
"Although an arrest has been made, the case is still ongoing and investigators continue to gather information and conduct interviews," Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez said in a press release. "We do not give up on our homicides. We continue to follow up until all leads are exhausted and then we check out any new leads we receive."
Anyone with further information on this case is asked to contact Investigator Sole at (919) 560-4440, ext. 29350 or by email at Charles.Sole@durhamnc.gov or Sgt. Perkins at (919) 560-4440, ext. 29326 or by email at Sheldon.Perkins@durhamnc.gov
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