California woman Mirelle Mateus found killed; Aaron Romo arrested

Xavier Roger


A Southern California man with a history of domestic abuse has been arrested on a murder charge in the death of his ex-girlfriend. 

Aaron Stevan Romo, 36, is being held without bond in the killing of 24-year-old Mirelle Mateus. Anaheim police found Mateus’ body on Friday afternoon after responding reports of suspicious circumstances at an Anaheim apartment. 

Detectives “determined that Mateus was murdered” but have declined to say how they believe she was killed. 

The Orange County Public Defender’s Office said the case was too new for an attorney to be assigned. 

A violent past

Court records obtained by USA TODAY show Romo has a history of domestic violence allegations across three states involving several different women in recent years. 

Romo was out on bail after being charged in December with two felony counts of corporal injury on a spouse and false imprisonment, along with misdemeanors. Romo had pleaded not guilty in the case.


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