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Details were scarce but police acknowledged they will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. today to outline the case against Christian Figueroa, 35, whose arrest came after an extensive 11-week investigation that has seen up to 24 detectives working around the clock.
“I can confirm that an arrest has been made,” Peel homicide Insp. Norm English said early this morning.
“But more information will not be made available until later this morning.”
Peel police had promised an arrest in the Jocelyn Dulnuan case by Christmas.
Figueroa was arrested on a Toronto street by Peel homicide detectives and taken to into custody without incident. He was held overnight and will appear for his first court appearance at Brampton’s Davis Court this morning.
Dulnuan, a 27-year-old from the Philippines with family in Hong Kong, had been in Canada for less than a year when she was slain Oct. 1 inside a massive $15-million gated mansion on Doulton Place.
The white mansion with marble lions in the front, just off of Mississauga Rd., is owned by Dr. Jayshree Chanchlani and her businessman husband, Vasdev.
They have not spoken publicly about the murder but have been “supportive and co-operative,” police say.
The homicide shocked Mississauga and police called solving it their top priority.
Since the incident, more than 100 people have been interviewed in what police have called an extremely complicated case.
Police were tight-lipped about the arrest, other than to say they are pleased they were able to make the arrest they have been working toward for several weeks.
They had tipped their hand that they were close to an arrest on Nov. 27 when English said: “We now have a very, very good idea of what happened. It’s just a matter of running down all of the leads.”
Dulnuan was a wife and mother of one who had come to this country to live the Canadian dream. Instead she ended up the victim of a heinous murder. Police say robbery was the initial motive for the killer to have entered the expansive compound.
“We are confident we are on the right track but there are certain pieces of the puzzle that need to be completed,” English told the Sun last month. “There are 101 roads to go down and right now we have reached road 80.”
One detective told the Sun there is still a lot of work to be done despite the arrest. “This is still an on-going investigation,” he said.
Early indications are Figueroa was not previously known to police.
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