Suspect in homeless woman's death arrested in Modesto

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Saturday, May 18, 2019
(Modesto Police Department)

MODESTO, Calif. -- Police in central California say an anonymous tip has led them to identify and arrest a man wanted on suspicion of killing a homeless woman.

Modesto police said officers pulled over 37-year-old Joseph Chapman Friday night and took him into custody. He was booked into jail for investigation of murder.

Detectives released surveillance video earlier this week of a shirtless man with tattoos on his chest and arms and described him as a person-of-interest in the death of 47-year-old Christina Hill. The footage was taken at a liquor store Monday afternoon, an hour after Hill's body was found in the driveway of a downtown business.

The cause of Hill's death was not released. Police said investigators were still examining and processing medical evidence in the case.