Man Accused of "Hacking" Woman Arrested

By Michelle Wayland and Tony Shin
|  Monday, Mar 14, 2011  |  Updated 4:53 PM PDT
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Deputies have captured an "armed" and "dangerous" man accused of murdering a woman at a Jamul Ranch, according to a law enforcement source.

Maria Irma Palos De Rubio was found dead at 15677 Lyons Valley Rd on the property's private quarters at about 9 a.m. on Saturday.

Initial reports indicated that the victim was a man who lived and worked on the property.

“However, once the search warrant was executed, inside the building where the body was located, it was discovered that the decedent was in fact an adult female,” said Lt. Dennis Brugos.

Rubio is an acquaintance of the man initially identified as the victim, deputies said.

The suspect has been identified as Miguel Medina Sanchez, 32, aka Macario Lopez Merino.

“A Mexican national, who is a frequent International Border crosser,” said Lt. Brugos.

A source said Sanchez "hacked up" Rubio and left the ranch.  He was found wandering the streets over the weekend, acting bizarrely, possibly from drugs, according to the source.

He was taken to Grossmont Hospital's psychiatric ward for evaluation.  Hospital workers didn't know he was wanted for murder until Monday.

Homicide detectives were heading to the hospital to interview him.

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