BEDFORD -- An estranged boyfriend was arrested in the fatal stabbing of a woman and an 8-year-old boy who were found dead in a Bedford apartment Wednesday night, police said.
A 12-year-old boy who was stabbed is recovering at Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth, said Lt. David Smith in a statement released Thursday morning.
Roxann Diana Sanchez, 30, and Anthony Reyes Figueroa, 8, were found in a unit of the complex at about 8:40 p.m. in the 1400 block of Park Place Blvd. as officers responded to a 911 call.
"Screaming, pretty much, was what I heard," said Melissa Juarez, a neighbor. "Like a screaming, 'No, no.' It's horrible."
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol arrested Cedric Ricks, 38, in connection with the crime. The suspect was pulled over at about 11:15 p.m. Wednesday on Interstate 35 near Wynnewood, Okla., about 70 miles north of the Red River.
Investigators said Ricks was the woman's estranged boyfriend. The couple had one child together, an 8-month-old boy. He was found unharmed at the apartment Wednesday night. Marissa Gonzales, spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, said the toddler is now in foster care.
A date for a custody hearing has not been set.
Ricks was previously arrested after allegedly choking Sanchez on Nov. 18, 2012. He was indicted on the charge in December of 2012 and an emergency protective order forbidding Ricks contact with Sanchez expired on January 15.
Gonzales said that incident was the only time the state had to contact the family.
"At the time that case was closed, the mother was having no contact with the father, was protective of her children and was not allowing him access to them," she said.
Juarez said she saw Ricks at the Bedford apartment daily.
"He's been living here the whole time," Juarez said. "I see him every afternoon coming home."
Juarez, who was injured and on crutches, said she has been off work for about nine weeks. Other neighbors said Ricks had an attitude, especially toward children.
"Some of the people in the complex had trouble with him too, with him getting on to their children for making too much noise," said Trina Barry, a neighbor.
Ricks is at the Garvin County Jail in Okla. awaiting extradition back to Texas. He is being held on two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.
Sanchez worked as a medical assistant at The Woman's Group, an OB-GYN practice in Bedford. Her co-workers released a statement Thursday. The statement read, in part:
"Our hearts are broken by the deaths of Roxann Sanchez and her son. She was a beloved member of our work family for more than a year. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones."
- Linda Prentice, M.D.
- Stephanie R. Taylor, M.D.
- Emily Emmet, M.D.
WFAA's Walt Zwirko, Ryan Wood, Marjorie Owens and Marcus Moore contributed to this report