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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Anthony Quinn Hughes Charged with 1998 Murder of Lisa Valdez

Posted By on Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 7:25 AM

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San Francisco police have arrested 52-year-old Anthony Quinn Hughes in connection with the brutal 1998 murder of a 36-year-old Diamond Heights woman, bringing some closure to the 1998 cold case.

On Sept. 10, 2011, Hughes was detained at Leavenworth and Turk streets in the Tenderloin neighborhood, and later arrested on suspicion of murdering 36-year-old Lisa Valdez, a local computer programmer, on the night of May 20, 1998.

Investigators, who have been chasing down leads and pursuing physical evidence for the last decade, say Hughes stabbed Valdez multiple times while she was alone inside her apartment. They would not say whether the two knew each other or if she was followed home, saying it would jeopardize their lengthy investigation.

"Inspectors had many leads they followed and over the

years there were a few of us involved in the investigation that never forgot it," Inspector Pam Hofsass told SF Weekly. "I can tell you DNA was a big part of the investigation."

Hughes, a San Francisco resident, remains in jail on attempted rape and murder charges.

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