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California police have arrested a suspect in the murder of former "Beyond Scared Straight" star Ashley Tropez.
Police in Victorville, California — about 75 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles — responded to a report of a deceased person inside an abandoned house on the 16600 block of Victor Street on Friday.
They discovered Tropez inside the house suffering from “traumatic injuries,” according to a release from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department.
Alexis Call, 24, was arrested for Tropez’s murder. San Bernardino investigators said the women were familiar to each other and may have been squatting at the residence.
Call is being held without bail at the High Desert Detention Center. Jail records reviewed by Oxygen.com indicate she is also facing charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, which KTLA reports is unrelated to the murder.
Tropez appeared on the now-defunct A&E series "Beyond Scared Straight" in 2013 when she was reportedly 17 years-old for “fighting, getting in trouble and selling weed.” She admitted to being a gang member on the show.
Though the police press release listed her age as 24 at the time of her passing, friends told the Victor Valley News Group that she was, in fact, 28 (which would line up with her age at the time of her appearance).
The series, which aired its last episode in 2015, was Inspired by “Scared Straight!,” the Academy and Emmy award-winning documentary film by Arnold Shapiro, according to the website.
“'Beyond Scared Straight' follows teens who pride themselves on bad behavior ranging from theft, drugs, promiscuity, gang affiliation, violence and arson," according to the show's website. "These defiant teens are forced to spend a day (and sometimes a night) in jail, interacting with convicted felons who give them first-hand experience of life behind bars with the hope that they see where the path of destruction they are headed down could lead them.”
Tropez said in an interview one year after her appearance on the show that it did not change her life, the Sun reported.
“I’m still the same person,” she said. “I just be everywhere, from friends' to family’s houses. Just chilling.”
In one popular clip from the show, Tropez has an intense encounter with a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputy while in jail after refusing to eat her meal.
“You’d rather sit here and let all this gang banging s--- come back out again," the deputy said, according to the Victor Valley paper. "Because you’re feeling disrespected or whatever.”
Tropez still refuses to eat the food and he throws it on the floor, telling Tropez to clean it up. She still refuses and the deputy threatens to it on her head if she doesn't obey his orders.
“You better dump it on me,” she said.
Two other girls cleaned it up, but the deputy gave Tropez a chilling prediction about her future.
“You can talk s--- to me, you can talk back, you can put up a front," he said. "There’s only two places on earth you’re gonna end up if you don’t change, here and the other one is death.”
Anyone with information about Tropez's murder is asked to contact Deputy Vanayes Quezada, Specialized Investigations Division at (909) 890-4904. Callers can remain anonymous and contact We-Tip at 800-78CRIME or www.wetip.com.
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