Arrest made in slaying of tattooed woman found in burning garage

Javier Hernandez, 29, accused of strangling victim

By Katrina Webber - Crime Fighters Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - Javier Hernandez, 29, has been arrested on a charge of murder in connection with the death of a woman whose body was found at the scene of a South Side fire.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, San Antonio firefighters discovered the body Jan. 22 after putting out a fire in a garage in the 300 block of West Harding Boulevard.

An autopsy revealed that the woman was the victim of a homicide, the affidavit said.

Police released images of a tattoo the woman had on her back in hopes of identifying her. It appears police still don't know who she is because the affidavit refers to her as "Jane Doe."

The affidavit said that a man contacted investigators telling them that Hernandez admitted that he had killed a woman, a prostitute, by strangling her. He said Hernandez also told him he placed her body in a garage and set the fire to cover up the crime, the affidavit said.

Hernandez was arrested Sunday afternoon and booked into the Bexar County jail on $100,000 bail.

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