Suspect in killing Hayward mother found in Seattle

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The suspect in the murder of a Hayward woman was finally arrested Monday. 

According to the Hayward Police Department, Vaughn Boatner, 33, of San Mateo, was on the run for more than a week when he was found in a residential area of Seattle, Washington. 

Boatner was taken into custody by the United States Marshals Service, Seattle Police Department, and the King’s County Sheriff’s Office.

On May 11, HPD received a report of gunshots at the 100 block of Cassia Driver. At the scene, police found two victims and a 5-year-old boy. 

The victim who died was Monique Aldridge, 30. Police said she died at the hospital. 

The second victim was a 28-year-old man from Oakland in critical condition. Days later, he was released and is now recovering. 

According to police, Aldridge and the second victim were dating and lived together when the shooting occurred. Officers learned that the 5-year-old boy was Aldridge and Boatner’s child. 

Boatner is being held without bail and has officially been charged by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. 

He faces charges of homicide, attempted homicide, child endangerment, and felon possessing a firearm.

Law enforcement is still seeking information about this case, and HPD says this is an active investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Green at 510-293-7176.


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.

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