Man Suspected of Stabbing Bear Valley Springs Woman to Death is Arrested
The murder occurred at this house on Bear Valley Road
BEAR VALLEY SPRINGS — A man suspected of stabbing a woman to death at her Bear Valley Springs home on Thursday morning has been arrested.
Thomas Dorsey, 54, was booked into the Kern County Jail on one count of murder.
According to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, then incident began at around 8 a.m. on Thursday, October 8 when deputies, along with officers from the Bear Valley Springs and Stallion Springs Police Departments, responded to a 911 call coming from a home in the 26000 block of Bear Valley Road, in the small mountain community of Bear Valley Springs.
When officers and deputies arrived, they found the victim, later identified as 55-year-old Jacque Murillo, suffering from multiple stab wounds.
Deputies said they also spotted a possible suspect fleeing the residence on foot, before disappearing into the hills behind the residence.
The suspect was eventually taken into custody without incident a short time later.
“The incident appears to be isolated,” said KCSO Sargent Joel Swanson. “And it appears that there is no further threat to the community.”
Sheriff’s homicide detectives responded to the scene and were able to determine that Dorsey and Murillo had been dating for approximately two months after meeting on the internet, and were in the process of separating.
Also during their investigation, detectives were able to determine that Murillo had recently obtained a restraining order against Dorsey, which had not been served yet. Dorsey had recently been arrested for disorderly conduct – public intoxication by Bakersfield police on September 13.
Murillo was pronounced dead at Tehachapi Hospital shortly after the stabbing, and an autopsy was scheduled for the next day to determine the exact cause of death.