Man Accused of Dumping Body in Hawaiian Gardens Charged in Wife's Slaying

The victim's body was found in a car parked at the Hawaiian Gardens Casino last weekend.

A West Covina man was charged Wednesday with murdering his wife, whose body was found inside her car in the parking lot of the Hawaiian Gardens Casino last weekend.

Tomas Rodriguez Infante, 60, was ordered to remain jailed in lieu of $1 million bail while awaiting arraignment Feb. 13 in Pomona Superior Court on a murder charge stemming from the Jan. 11 slaying.

Charito Tolentino, 57, died from blunt force trauma and stabbing-type injuries. Infante had reported her missing to West Covina police, where the couple lived with their 17-year-old daughter, according to sheriff's Lt. John Corina.

Infante told police she got off work Friday morning and did not return home, and the family began searching for her. The search led to her parked car in the 11800 block of Carson Street, Corina said.

The sheriff's department was contacted and, about 9:20 a.m. Sunday, deputies checked the car and found the woman's body inside. Investigators then served a search warrant at the couple's home, "where they located evidence which implicated the suspect in the victim's murder," Corina said.

"It appears from the evidence that the suspect killed the victim at (their home) and then transported her body in a car, which he parked and abandoned in the parking lot of the Hawaiian Gardens Casino," Corina alleged.

Infante was arrested early Monday.

If convicted, Infante faces up to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

- City News Service

Mike Donald January 18, 2013 at 04:54 PM
Impressive only a week late....must be a slow hello kitty news week
MarieSam Sanchez January 18, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Dear Mr. Donald, this is the third story written on this case. The first being a breaking news story on the day the victim's body was discovered. Yep, you'll have to try again.
Tomas Infante July 11, 2014 at 07:18 PM
It truly is a generally accepted fact. I have got a reason, from the bible and I think it is 'concrete' enough. When a man and woman get married, they become one flesh. There is a unity between them. But, it is the man who is the head of the family. Some may think that this was a cultural notion that snuck into the Bible, but quoting from it: "For man does not originate from woman, but woman from man; for indeed man was not created for the woman’s sake, but woman for the man’s sake. " (1 Cor. 11:8-10). This headship is not about having the upper hand nor is it to mean that a woman has no rights or is a second class citizen. The husband is still commanded to love the wife. The headship issue is an issue of order, not of who is better or more important. But what happens when there is a shift of power in the family? Say the man loss a job and the woman becomes the bread winner. The man becomes less important or worthless. The woman is empowered, Like a "King" who commands her subject. This is exactly the case with Infante. Charito became so bossy that she started calling Infante humiliating names such as stupid, dumb and idiot. Sure she is a nurse but she lacks the psychological thinking of a nurse. Ignoring all the needs of a spouse such as emotional, physical and sexual. Infante endured humiliation for years. Charito humiliated Infante in front of family and friends. Saying statements such as " I should have return you to your family." To a man, that is the most humiliating thing you can say. That is probably why Infante had done what he did! Enough is enough! So to all the men who are head of the families, do not lose that status. Work hard to maintain that status. Head of the Family!


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