Coroner identifies victim in northeast Valley homicide

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Clark County Coroner identified Hector Mendez-Hernandez, 45, as the victim in a northeast Valley homicide. His death was caused by blunt head trauma.

Metro police say a tip led to the arrest of Tonya Dillard, 27, and her boyfriend Berkovitz, 24, who allegedly committed the murder at Mendez-Hernandez’s house. Police were tipped off about a body by one of Dillard’s friends.

Dillard and Berkovitz were arrested for murder after they posted a dating ad to lure the victim. Police say the couple planned to rob and kill the person who answered the ad.

The investigation shows that Mendez-Hernandez had picked up Dillard and Berkovitz on Friday and brought them to his residence located near the 2200 block of Colebrook Street, near Lamb Boulevard and Judson Avenue.

Once the involved parties all went inside the home, the victim was robbed and killed.

A woman walked into Spring Valley Area Command Friday and said a friend told her that her and her boyfriend killed a man the night before. She told police that Dillard and Berkovitz planned to hide the body in California. The suspect also sent a picture of the body to the woman who gave police the tip.

As a result of the investigation, Dillard and Berkovitz were arrested for murder with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit murder, robbery with a deadly weapon, and conspiracy to commit robbery.

Metro says the Criminal Apprehension Team (CAT) assisted with the arrest of the couple. CAT is a Federal Bureau of Investigation led, multi-jurisdictional task force staffed in the LVMPD’s Major Violators Bureau. It is comprised of FBI, LVMPD, Henderson and North Las Vegas Police Departments.

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