A Washington man arrested a month ago outside Copperopolis near the smoldered remains of a Chevrolet SUV with a dead woman inside has been charged with murder in Calaveras County Superior Court.
Calaveras County Coroner Kevin Raggio identified the victim as Toni Jilbert Ferreira, 49, of Manteca, the half-sister of David Joseph Fagundes, 41, who has been charged in her murder. The woman’s cause of death has not been released.
Her body was found by Calaveras County Sheriff’s deputies on May 29, burned beyond recognition in a charred red or maroon Chevrolet HHR on Lower Telegraph Road south of Highway 4 and seven miles west of Copperopolis.
According to the Calaveras County Superior Court, Fagundes was charged with first degree murder, arson causing great bodily injury, criminal threats and obstructing or resisting an executive officer.
Fagundes also faces a special allegation of a murder involving torture and enhancements of personally using a deadly weapon, being convicted with a serious felony in another jurisdiction and committing a felony with a prior prison term for a felony within five years.
Fagundes was first arraigned in the Calaveras County Superior Court on May 31 when the criminal complaint was filed and Ciummo & Associates, the Calaveras County Public Defender, was appointed to represent him.
Fagunes had more arraignments on June 7 and June 21. Amended criminal complaints were filed on June 7 and June 19. He has not entered a plea.
Fagundes remains in the Calaveras County Jail on a no-bail probation hold.
Fagundes was detained by SWAT and K-9 Nox at about 7 p.m. on May 29, over 11 hours after deputies and fire officials found the burning car. Sheriff’s Office officials said Fagundes was believed to be hiding in a dry, grassy field some distance away until he was spotted by a firefighter.
He was detained after a standoff that lasted over an hour. During the standoff he claimed he was armed with a gun and threatened to hurt himself and others.
When he was arrested, he had a pocket knife but no gun.
According to Calaveras County Sheriff’s booking logs, Fagundes was booked into the jail on May 31. He was arrested at a hospital in Modesto. The cause of the fire has also not been released.
According to authorities in Washington, Fagundes was convicted of manslaughter in a downtown Spokane stabbing death in 2012 and was sentenced to serve six and a half years in Washington state prison.
He was also arrested in Spokane County in September 2018 on charges of felony possession of a controlled substance, hit and run in a vehicle with property damage and driving while under the influence of a drug. Fagundes has a new arraignment date and preliminary hearing scheduled for July 19.