Accused girlfriend-killer extradited from Fla.

Edwin Carrero
Edwin Carrero
Posted: March 05, 2012

A Pottstown murder suspect who fled to Broward County, Florida, last month has been returned to this area to face charges he killed his girlfriend, 31-year-old Alicia Schmidt, police said today.

Edwin Carrero, 32, appeared for arraignment at 1 p.m. on Saturday before Magisterial District Court Judge Edward C. Kropp, Sr. in Pottstown.

The judge ordered Carrero held without bail at the Montgomery County prison on murder and related offenses.

Police say that sometime on Feb. 2, Carrero allegedly choked Schmidt at her home in the 400 block of Cherry Street and pushed her down a flight of stairs.

Officers found her dead at the bottom of the basement steps. An autopsy showed the cause of death was broad ligature strangulation.

Her two children, aged seven and 12, were asleep on the second floor and were not harmed.

Carrero's ex-wife, Nicole, reported getting a phone call from Carrero early on Feb. 2, saying he "may have killed Alicia" during a struggle.

Between Feb. 1 and 3, investigators believe, Carrero took a road trip southward in Schmidt's car. He used her bank debit card 28 times to pay for expenses, police said.

A trail of withdrawals showed that he went from Pottstown to Atlantic City, N.J., to Ruther Glen, Va., where the card was declined. He ended up in Florida.

On Feb. 7, an alert officer of the Seminole Tribal Police in Broward County, Fla., saw Carrero in the parking lot of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla.

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said the officer thought Carrero looked suspicious as he reached for something under the dashboard.

The officer asked Carrero for identification and once he learned that the fugitive was wanted for murder in Pennsylvania, he was arrested without incident and held on car-theft charges.

Ferman credited the arrest to "good police work." After extradition proceedings in Broward County, Carrero was returned to Pottstown over the weekend.

A preliminary hearing will be held at 1 p.m. March 22, at Judge Kropp's courtroom, at 2093 East High St., Pottstown.

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