LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Metro Police believe a suspect killed his neighbor in an unprovoked attack after a domestic disturbance with his girlfriend. The incident occurred around 8 p.m. at an apartment complex near Sloan and Sahara in the east valley.
Metro Homicide Lt. Ray Spencer says when officers responded to an unknown trouble call, a neighbor met them. The individual said a female in an upstairs apartment was screaming for help, saying that someone was in her house. The neighbor went to her aid.
Officers observed the victim, a Black woman in her early 60s, suffering from multiple injuries, believed to have been sustained from blunt force trauma. The trauma may have come from someone’s fist or being choked, but police are unsure of the exact cause at this time.
They say the suspect lived in the apartment directly below the victim and had been in a domestic disturbance with his live-in girlfriend. Spencer says the suspect is a 32-year-old Hispanic male.
During the disturbance, he reportedly became upset, left and went upstairs. He then went into the neighbor’s home unprovoked and killed her during a physical assault.
Neighbors told police they heard the victim screaming, “Why are you here? Why are you inside my apartment?”
The suspect then fled, and police are actively searching for him.
It is currently unknown if the victim and suspect had prior interactions. The alleged assault is unrelated to the domestic disturbance between the suspect and his girlfriend. Police say the girlfriend and her children were not injured.
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