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Man rearrested for girl's death in basement

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Ahlyja Pinson. Ahlyja Pinson.
Antero Cruz, 23, is a suspect in the 2007 death of 14-year-old Ahlyja Pinson. Antero Cruz, 23, is a suspect in the 2007 death of 14-year-old Ahlyja Pinson.

SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego police have rearrested a man they suspected three years ago of fatally beating and stabbing a14-year-old girl in the basement of an abandoned home.

Police said Friday that 23-year-old Antero Cruz is being held on $1 million bail after his arrest Thursday night.

Cruz was first arrested 10 days after a homeless man found Ahlyja Pinson on New Year's Eve 2007, clinging to life after being stabbed and severely beaten. The man left to call 911 but the girl died before he returned.

Based on witnesses and physical evidence, Cruz was arrested but later released.

Lt. Ernie Herbert told the San Diego Union-Tribune that detectives continued reviewing the case and found new evidence linking the crime to Cruz. Authorities would not release further details.

Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune.

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