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Homicide suspect arrested in California

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 14, 2012, 9 a.m.

Tony Callihan (Lake County Sheriff's Office)
Tony Callihan (Lake County Sheriff's Office)

The Spokane Police Department is reporting that Tony T. Callihan, a suspect in a homicide last week, was arrested by police just outside of Sacramento, without incident.

Police said Callihan was arrested early this morning in Clearlake, Calif., after officers responded to a suspicious car parked behind a grocery store. Callihan was found asleep inside the stolen vehicle and arrested, Spokane police reported.

Homicide victim Michelle M. Koenen, 48, was found strangled in her West Broadway Avenue apartment Friday. Police had been hunting for her suspected killer, 38-year-old Callihan, who had also been seen in Ellensburg on Monday. Callihan allegedly stole and was driving Koenen’s 2000 Dodge Stratus.

Callihan reportedly told his stepfather that he killed a woman at a meth party before he fled the state in what appeared to be Koenen’s car, according to recently filed court documents.

The stepfather, identified as Kenneth Felix, told detectives he was familiar with the Broadway Avenue address because he had dropped Callihan off there about a week earlier, the court documents said. Felix believed his stepson had a girlfriend living there named “Michelle.”

Callihan gathered some clothing and money from Felix’s northeast Spokane home the night before Koenen’s body was discovered by Spokane Police officers. Callihan’s demeanor was described as nervous, fidgety and “freaking out”, court documents show.

Callihan was last seen allegedly stealing gas from a Central Washington University maintenance truck Monday.

More information will be posted on this story when it becomes available.