Arrest made in killing of Cheyenne Watkins

Alejandro Sanchez appears in court

TEHACHAPI, Calif. - The Kern County Sheriff's Office has made an arrest in the killing of Tehachapi woman Cheyenne Watkins.

KCSO says they obtained an arrest warrant in early October for 35-year-old Alejandro Sanchez. On October 12, detectives were able to track Sanchez down in Santa Monica, arresting him with the assistance of the Santa Monica Police Department.

Sanchez was arrested for the murder of Watkins, who was found dead on June 1 in the 19700 block of Kid Place of Tehachapi.

Those close to Watkins say they were not surprised to learn Sanchez was arrested in connection to her murder.

"We knew from the start it was going to be him. I'm extremely happy. I'm extremely glad that he's not on the streets because I do think that he is a danger," said Julie Doughty, who says she was a mother figure to Watkins. "Their relationship was rocky. He's the on again off again boyfriend. You know, Cheyenne lived her life on the edge and surrounded herself with questionable people."

He is being held without bail and is due in court on Friday.

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