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Cold case leads to arrest in recent slaying of Perris woman

Cold case leads to arrest in recent slaying of Perris woman
Murder suspect Sue Robert Seiuli. (Courtesy of City of Redlands Police Department)

A lead from a 10-year-old rape case has led to the arrest of a man suspected of killing a 23-year-old Perris woman, according to authorities.

Police arrested Sue Robert Seiuli, 34, late Saturday afternoon in connection with the February slaying of Sylvia Marie Flores, whose body was found in a Redlands orange grove.

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A key break came with a DNA match linking the slaying and a 2003 San Bernardino incident in which a woman was kidnapped, assaulted and raped. No arrest was ever made in that case, but Redlands police decided to interview the woman.

From that interview, they were able to create a composite sketch of the attacker and gather details about his vehicle, information that was released in a September news conference.

"Based on that DNA we were able to talk to that victim and get a description," said Carl Baker, spokesman for Redlands.

Detectives soon began receiving tips identifying Seiuli as a suspect.

Investigators believe Flores was a prostitute working in San Bernardino at the time of her death. She had last been seen at a gas station there.

Personal property belonging to Flores was later recovered near the area where the 2003 rape occurred.

In that case, the victim had accepted a ride from the person who then assaulted her. She escaped, but police never identified the attacker.

Seiuli, a San Bernardino resident, was arrested near a family member's home in Colton. Officers took him to West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, where he is being held without bail.

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