Pasadena Police: Man burned Mercedes to hide body of woman he says died during oral sex

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Pasadena Police: Man burned Mercedes to hide body of woman he says died during oral sex

A man has been arrested and charged for allegedly kidnapping a woman, then setting a car on fire with her body inside.

Terrance Washington, 27, is charged with aggravated kidnapping and tampering with evidence.
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Pasadena police arrest man for aggravated kidnapping and tampering with evidence


Just after 11 p.m. on August 8, police say Washington allegedly abducted 54-year-old Candace Adkin from the parking lot of her apartment at 3635 South Shaver.

Adkin's daughter told officers she heard screams and saw Washington force her mother into her 2009 Mercedes. As Washington drove off, Adkin's daughter says she heard her mother scream, "Don't let him take me."

Two days later, Adkin's Mercedes was found burning in the parking lot near a Food Town in the 3300 block of Shaver. Her body was discovered in the back seat of the burned car.

According to investigators, Washington admitted to having sex with Adkin. He claims she died during oral sex. However, investigators say it's unclear how Adkin actually died. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

"He admitted to taking the vehicle, taking the victim and setting the vehicle on fire," said Officer Jessica Ramirez of the Pasadena Police Department.

Washington told investigators he set the car on fire to destroy evidence of having sex with her.

Washington is in custody.

Authorities say Washington's charges could be upgraded to capital murder.

Due to the seriousness of the crime and that he likely faces capital murder charges, he is considered a flight risk and a danger to the community. As a result, Washington's bond has been requested to be $500,000.

Washington has a lengthy criminal history including criminal mischief, trespassing convictions and aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.

"We are glad to put the suspect in custody and provide some closure for the family," said Ramirez.

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