Pearlridge Murder Case, Jason Cachuela Fatally Shot his Estranged Wife, Theresa Cachuela after she filed a TRO Against him

Last Updated on December 23, 2023, 7:52 am

Hawaii: Jason Cachuela, 44,  a man who shot and killed his wife, Theresa Cachuela, 33,  in front of their 8-year-old daughter, at a parking lot near Pearlridge Center on Friday, Committed Suicide.

Theresa Cachuela Dead
Theresa Cachuela (Image via Facebook)

On Friday, just days from Christmas, a brutal murder shocked the nation as Jason Cachuela, a 44-year-old Waipahu man, shot and killed his estranged wife, Theresa Cachuela, a 33-year-old mother of three, in front of her 8-year-old daughter, at Pearlridge Center in Hawaii on Friday morning, December 22, 2023. He was later found dead behind a home in Waipahu. It is believed he had committed suicide.

Who was Theresa Cachuela?

The heartbroken relatives of the victim identified her as Theresa Cachuela, a 33-year-old social media influencer and mother of three. She was a beauty entrepreneur. She was a beloved daughter and a devoted mother. She was an integral community member and had a zest for life. Sadly, her life was cut short by a violent crime.

What happened to Theresa Cachuela?

Theresa Cachuela was a victim of domestic abuse at the hands of her husband, Jason Cachuela. According to her mother, Lucita Ani-Nihoa, she had filed a temporary restraining order against him due to harassment and stalking. “She wanted to leave him, but he wasn’t accepting it,” she continued, “He tried to control her, with everything, you know- Where she would go, what she would do.”

In the TRO statement, Theresa described horrifying behavior that began on December 6, 2023. She wrote that her estranged husband continued to “make threats of killing himself in front of me and my children.”

The next day, he harassed her again at her home, and she called 911, and the Police did a wellness check. The following day, on December 8, 2023, “Jason was already in the garage hiding under my car, and when I saw him, I ran in the house, and my son ran down the road.”

This led to another call to the Police, and she filed a TRO that also mentioned he possessed firearms at his home in Waipahu. The SWAT team collected some of his weapons after a court ordered Cachuela to surrender his firearms.

Just two days before the shooting, the couple agreed that he would stay away from her but would have visitation with their children. On December 22, 2023, about 10:15 a.m. Jason shot Theresa at a parking lot near Pearlridge Center, as the area was beginning to fill up with consumers looking to finish their Christmas shopping. He then fled the scene.

HPD Lt. Deena Thoemmes said the victim was pronounced dead at the scene, and officials said she had sustained a gunshot wound to the head. The case was classified as first-degree murder as the suspect had been served a TRO and ordered to surrender his weapons. The heart-wrenching incident prompted a manhunt by dozens of Police officers. They found Jason Cachuela’s lifeless body behind a home in Waipahu about 1:40 p.m. It is believed he killed himself.

Theresa’s heartbroken family mourns

The heartbroken family of 33-year-old Theresa Cachuela spoke to the media and expressed their deep sorrow and disappointment in the system. Her mother, Lucita Ani-Nihoa, said the tragedy could have been prevented if her daughter’s request for Police had been taken seriously. “She’s been trying to tell the cops about all the issues that were going on,” she said.“The court wasn’t there for her, and look now, she’s not here.”

Theresa was a mother of three, including an eight-year-old, who unfortunately witnessed her mother’s brutal murder. “She is traumatized,” Ani-Nihoa said. “They never arrested him, knowing that he had guns, knowing that he tried to threaten, he threatened to kill the kids and her in her own garage. The court wasn’t there for her,” she said. “The system failed her, and now she’s gone.”


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