SDPD Investigates Suspicious Death at Downtown Hotel as Homicide

A woman who called 911 to report her husband was unresponsive on the floor of their downtown San Diego apartment is now suspected in his death, authorities said. 

Paul Etta Vincent, 53, called the San Diego Police Department at about 9:30 a.m. Saturday to report her husband, 64-year-old Lon Hardin, was not awake or breathing and she believed he was dead, SDPD Lt. Todd Griffin said. 

Police found Hardin with wounds to his upper-body in their apartment at the Peachtree Inn on F Street. The circumstances surrounding his death were still being investigated.

According to police, Vincent said she and her husband had a physical fight Friday night. 

Vincent was arrested as the sole suspect in the case.

“She is the only suspect in this case, however, we’re early on in this investigation we’re not quite sure how the whole thing transpired,” Lt. Griffin said.

Detectives were working Saturday to obtain a search warrant to investigate the room, which is located on the third floor of the residential hotel. 

Vincent was booked into San Diego County Jail on charges of murder. 

Anyone with information in the case was asked to call SDPD's Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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