MANATEE -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has obtained a murder warrant for the arrest of the ex-boyfriend of Jazmin Catano who was slain last month.
Andres Collazos, 24, is believed to be hiding in Colombia.
Catano was found dead just before midnight on June 23 in her apartment in the 5900 block of 36th Street West.
Collazos was named the only person of interest in her death after detectives learned he flew out of Fort Lauderdale to his native Colombia the same day she was found dead.
Catano's brother, Gustavo Catano, was relieved at the news Friday.
"I feel very satisfied with the news of the order for his arrest," Catano said. "Now it depends on the Colombian authorizes so they can capture him."
Catano said he appreciated the time taken by detectives to build a case against Collazos.
"They have done a very deep investigation and they didn't rush it," Catano said. "They wanted to make sure that he was the one and to gather all the evidence necessary."
Detectives believe they have gathered enough evidence to support the arrest warrant.
The affidavit in support of
the warrant was not available. A judge has sealed the record which contains information that could hamper the case if released to the public.
Friends of the slain woman believe the jealous Collazos' jealous nature drove Catano to end the relationship and move from the home they shared. At the time, the couple were sharing an apartment in Champions Walk, 4148 53rd Ave W., Bradenton.
Catano found an apartment that was economical and conveniently located for commuting to work as a clerk at the Historic Manatee County Court House and for taking her son to school.
She was found dead in the apartment when her ex-husband, Jorge Carvalho, went to drop off their 11-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter. Carvalho called authorities telling them he had stumbled into a horrific crime scene. Deputies arrived to find Catano dead in her bedroom with evidence of trauma to her body.
Broward County Sheriff's deputies located Collazos' vehicle at the airport after learning he had flown out of Fort Lauderdale.
Anyone with any information in the case is asked to call the Manatee Sheriff's Office at 941-747-3011, ext. 2518 or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-8477.
Jessica De Leon, law enforcement reporter, can be reached 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.