Fairfax County

Suspect in Springfield Killing Arrested in South Carolina

Jose Hernandez Mejia was suspected of killing Evelin Molina, his wife, in their home on Rolling Road on Sunday, Fairfax County police said.

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A man suspected of killing his wife in Springfield, Virginia, was arrested in South Carolina, Fairfax County police say. 

Jose Hernandez Mejia, 49, was arrested Monday morning, police said. He had been wanted in the stabbing death on Sunday and was considered armed and dangerous

Evelin Molina was the victim, police said in an update Monday afternoon. Police did not say how old she was.

Molina and Hernandez Mejia shared four children together, police said. They were not home at the time of the killing, the department said.

Officers were called to a home in the 5200 block of Rolling Road at about noon Sunday. They found Molina with stab wounds, and she was pronounced dead. 

The victim’s uncle told authorities that her husband killed her, according to a dispatch call. Police said they found a bloody knife in the home. 

Police believed that Hernandez Mejia was going to turn himself in but he did not, Lt. Dan Spital said. 

The department asked the public to help search for Hernandez Mejia and his vehicle and warned that he should not be approached. He was suspected of second-degree murder, they said.

Police immediately began searching for Hernandez Mejia and contacted the the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division on Monday morning. That division’s officers and Anderson County deputies found Hernandez Mejia traveling on Interstate 85. He will be extradited to Fairfax County.

The department said they had received "minimal" calls for service to the family's home in the past, and none for any domestic incidents.

"These domestic-related homicides are awful, and we are doing everything that we can to try to help families that are in crisis," Spital said. 

Anyone with potentially relevant information is asked to contact police.

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