EL CENTRO — A suspect has been arrested for the murder of Ann Marie Zimmerman.
Ioan Laurint, a 49-year-old resident of Imperial, was released from UCSD Medical Center on Sunday, March 5th. Upon his release, the United States Marshal Services arrested Laurint who had an arrest warrant for the murder of Zimmerman, an Imperial Valley lawyer.
Laurint was booked at the San Diego Men’s Central Jail. The criminal charges were as a result of the investigation conducted by the El Centro Police Department Investigation Division.
The investigation stemmed from an incident reported on February 17 at a motel on Adams Avenue in which Ann Marie Zimmerman’s death was suspected to be a homicide. The deceased has been identified as lawyer Ann Marie Zimmermann, a 53-year-old resident of Imperial County.
Officers from the El Centro Police Department had responded on February 17, in the morning to a hotel in the 1000 block of Adams Avenue to check the wellbeing of tenants in one of the rooms. This response came after a motel employee had knocked on a door to one of the rooms in an effort to collect rent. When the employee did not get a response, he opened the door to check if the tenants had checked out of the motel. The employee found an adult male unconscious in the room and summoned law enforcement.
Officers arrived and entered the room to find a male and an adult female inside. Both had obvious signs of trauma. Paramedics arrived and determined the female was deceased. The male was treated on scene and transported to the hospital.