Homeless man sought for beating girlfriend to death with hammer

Authorities Monday named a man wanted as a suspect in the beating death of his 21-year-old girlfriend, whose body was found next to a cemetery and freeway in East Los Angeles.

Antonio Medina, 28, is being sought in the death of Kassandra Ochoa, whose body was found about 1 a.m. Saturday in the 400 block of South Sydney Drive, between the Long Beach (710) Freeway and New Calvary Cemetery, the sheriff's department reported.

Ochoa died as a result of suffering blunt force trauma to her head, the Los Angeles County coroner's office reported.

"Medina ... was seen fleeing the scene after he was heard arguing with the victim, according to witness accounts,'' according to a sheriff's statement.

Medina is believed to be a transient, and is known to frequent the East Los Angeles area. Detectives believe he might still be in the area and circulated photos of Medina, described as Hispanic, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, and weighing about 180 pounds.

Anyone knowing his whereabouts was urged to call the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

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