March 23, 2014

Capital murder warrant issued for boyfriend of slain Bedford woman

A 27-year-old woman found fatally stabbed Sunday afternoon in a Bedford apartment was reportedly pregnant, police said.

A capital murder warrant was issued Monday for the boyfriend of a Bedford woman who was found fatally stabbed in her apartment, Bedford police said Monday.

The warrant identifies the man as Robert Atlas, 26, who had been living with the victim, Tracy Anderson, 26, for about three weeks at an apartment in the 2500 block of Central Park Boulevard in Bedford.

Bedford police continued their search for Atlas and asked for the public’s help in finding him. Detectives believe he may be driving a silver 2011 Dodge Charger with temporary license tag, 12M6970.

Anderson, who police say was reportedly pregnant, was found Sunday afternoon in the Bedford apartment.

She was found after patrol officers went to her apartment on a welfare check and found a door frame damaged, Bedford police Lt. David Smith said Sunday night.

Initially, detectives said that they were concerned about his safety but the investigation led to the warrant being issued for Atlas.

“Robert Atlas’ whereabouts are still unknown,” Smith said in a Monday news release.

Officers were dispatched about 1:40 p.m. Sunday to the Colonial Village at Shoal Creek apartments on Central Park Boulevard after Anderson’s mother told police she had not heard from her daughter since Friday.

“It appeared someone had forced their way inside of the apartment,” Smith said. “Officers found the apartment unlocked, went inside and found her dead in the apartment.”

Detectives said she had been stabbed multiple times. Smith declined to comment on whether a weapon was found in the apartment.

Investigators learned that Anderson had moved into the apartment three weeks ago.

Anyone with information on the case is urged to call Bedford police at 817-952-2127 or Crime Stoppers at 817-469-8477.

The complex was the scene of the last slaying in Bedford.

Bedford police found the bodies of Roxann Dianna Sanchez, 30, and her son, Anthony Reyes Figueroa, 8, inside her apartment on May 1. Authorities found the bodies at an apartment in the 1400 block of Park Place Boulevard at the Colonial Village at Shoal Creek complex after receiving 911 calls, including one from Sanchez's other son, 12-year-old Marcus Figueroa, who had also been stabbed. Marcus Figueroa survived.

Cedric Allen Ricks, Sanchez’s estranged boyfriend was captured in Oklahoma. He had been free on a $7,500 bond in a previous assault case when the stabbings occurred. Ricks had been indicted on an assault charge, accused of choking Sanchez on Nov. 11.

Ricks' trial is scheduled for May 5.

Tarrant County prosecutors will seek the death penalty against Ricks who was offered a plea bargain for life in prison without parole, but he rejected it, according to a court document filed with the Tarrant County district clerk's office.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

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