Police Extradite Man Accused of Stabbing Wife to Death, Stuffing Her Body in Fridge and Fleeing to Mexico
The man whose wife was found stabbed to death and rotting in a refrigerator earlier this month has been extradited from Mexico and charged with murder.
Police say Patrick Lambert killed his estranged wife, 27-year-old Anastacia Oaikhena-Lambert, stuffed her body in the refrigerator of their Fondren Road apartment, and fled for Mexico with their 11-month-old son, Achilles. County medical examiners last week reported that Oaikhena-Lambert had been stabbed several times in the neck.
Oaikhena-Lambert's body was discovered on December 8 after a maintenance worker at the apartment complex called police, reporting a foul odor coming from the apartment. Police found her body decomposing in a disabled fridge; the power to the apartment had been shut off in November because of unpaid utility bills. Neighbors reported they hadn't seen Oaikhena-Lambert in at least a month.
The discovery of Oaikhena-Lambert's body triggered a nationwide manhunt for Patrick Lambert and the couple's 11-month-old son. According to HPD, authorities found the child in Queretaro, Mexico on December 12, "where he had been abandoned by his father." Police say authorities tracked down and arrested Lambert somewhere else in Mexico, but did not elaborate.
Lambert arrived in Houston Wednesday morning, was questioned by police, and was then charged with his wife's murder. "Lambert was not cooperative with investigators," according to an HPD statement.
The couple's son, Achilles, is still in custody of child services officials in Mexico, according to police, while authorities arrange for his return to Texas.
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