Police: Woman battered to death, dragged down stairs

Drew Karedes

Police: Woman battered to death, dragged down stairs

CREATED Nov. 25, 2011

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) - The search has kicked into high gear for the boyfriend of a woman who was beaten to her last breath.

The 22-year-old, who has not been identified by the authorities, was killed inside an apartment.

It happened in the Friday overnight hours at the Pacific Harbors apartments, near Nellis and Vegas Valley. The young woman's battered body was found lying in a complex courtyard around 2:35 a.m.

Investigators believe her killer dragged her body down concrete stairs before tossing her body into some bushes.

Neighbors who live just feet away are aghast over the violent crime.

"I was really freaked out. I'm thinking about getting a gun," said neighbor Annette McKernan.

Police are looking to speak with 29-year-old Jose Antonio Rodriguez of Las Vegas. He is being called the boyfriend of the woman who was brutally murdered.

"I thought they was a happy couple to be honest with you," explained neighbor Angela Jackson. "I didn't see no violence. I couldn't sense it or nothing."

It's unclear if Rodriguez and the victim resided at Pacific Harbors or if they were just visiting the apartment. Police have only said that the two "frequented" the unit often.

It was Rodriguez's brother who reportedly called police after walking into the apartment and finding a significant amount of blood.

"He's a real scumbag, to beat a woman like that. I have no pity for him. He needs the electric chair," said Reese, a neighbor who was consumed with anger over the apparent case of domestic violence.

Rodriguez is only being called a person of interest at this time. He is described as about 5 feet 8 inches. He weighs approximately 140 pounds.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555 or Las Vegas Metro Police Homicide Section at 828-3521.

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