Countywide : Charges Filed Against Broker in Chee Death

Police are seeking Long Beach real estate broker Vincente Lapid OCampo on murder charges in the death of a rival broker last week.

The charges were filed by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office against OCampo after police discovered blood on the carpet in his office that apparently matched that of Arlene Lee Chee of Seal Beach, who was found dead last week.

Police Wednesday said they believe that the 46-year-old Chee was killed in OCampo's West Willow Street office in Long Beach. Chee had disappeared a week ago Wednesday after leaving her offices at Century 21 Fortune Realty in Long Beach for a noon appointment with OCampo at his office. Chee's body was found Thursday night in the trunk of her Mercedes-Benz. She had been shot once in the head.

The 45-year-old OCampo had been one of Chee's first employees when she opened her office in Long Beach in 1982. However, Chee fired OCampo that same year and he set up his own real estate firm.

Police said that OCampo may have been angry with Chee because she recently hired one of his agents. Police say OCampo may have fled the area.

Ocampo was described as Filipino with black hair and eyes, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 155 pounds. He has a 5-inch scar on his face starting at his hairline, crossing his forehead and ending near the tip of his nose, police said.

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