WARREN, Mich. (TCD) -- A 56-year-old man is facing a felony charge for allegedly killing his wife and leaving her body in his vehicle at a local gas station.
According to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, on Sept. 30, Warren Police Department officers responded to a call at a gas station and found Ricardo Orozco in the driver’s seat of his Dodge Durango. Police located his wife’s body in the back seat and noted she had died from apparent stab wounds.
Police arrested Orozco and booked him into the Macomb County Jail on Oct. 1. The Prosecutor’s Office said he was arraigned on a charge of second-degree murder, and a judge set his bond at $2 million cash or surety. If Orozco posts bail, he will be required to wear a GPS monitor and give up his passport.
The Detroit Free Press reports Orozco allegedly approached the gas station attendant and told him his wife was bleeding in his car. He was reportedly covered in blood and appeared intoxicated.
Police Commissioner William Dwyer told the newspaper Orozco’s wife was most likely killed elsewhere, then driven to Warren. Officers reportedly located a hunting knife on the floorboard of the vehicle.
Orozco purportedly made "multiple admissions to killing" his wife, who was not publicly identified. Dwyer said Orozco and his wife had a "violent history."
Dwyer said the victim’s body was wet and she appeared to have sand on her, making investigators believe she and Orozco could have been at the beach earlier that day.
Prosecutor Peter Lucido said in the statement, "This tragic event has destroyed a family. October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, let’s remember that violence is never the answer."