[UPDATED with DA Charges Shalabh Rastogi:] Jalina George, OC Homicide No. 18: Husband Held for Strangulation Murder
ORIGINAL POST, MAY 22, 8:59 A.M.: A 39-year-old father of three is in custody after calling police Monday night to say he killed his wife in their Irvine apartment.
Police arrived at the unit on Monte Vista after the 9:40 p.m. call to find a dead 40-year-old woman and to arrest Shalabh Rastogi without incident, according to a statement from Irvine Police Lt. Julia Engen.
Engen did not disclose how the mother died, but the police spokeswoman did reveal no weapon was believed to have been used. The couple, who had been married 13 years, reportedly had an argument before her death.
Rastogi, 39, was being held on suspicion of murder in lieu of $1 million bail this morning. He is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.
His three children, who were not at home when their mother was killed earlier in the day, have been taken into protective custody.
According to Engen, the couple had been living with their children in the apartment for the past eight months.
A Shalabh Rastogi who is the same age as the murder suspect moved to Irvine from Massachusetts. A man by that name also posted a video last year of his three children and himself in Massachusetts while the mother was said to be in California.
They were wishing her a happy Mother's Day.
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