Roommate's Body Stuffed in a Closet After Murder, LAPD Says

Roommate's Body Stuffed in a Closet After Murder, LAPD Says
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So your roommate comes home at all hours, plays loud music and has even louder sex? Consider yourself lucky.

Cops allege that a North Hills man was in the process of evicting a roommate when things went south and he killed the woman. The Los Angeles Police Department says its detectives quickly unraveled the case after receiving a tip yesterday.

According to an LAPD statement, the tipster walked into a local police station and said that "somebody [was] trying to dispose of a body in the 8700 block of Sepulveda Boulevard."

The department says the victim's body was found in a closet:

The investigation led detectives to an apartment building, where they discovered the body of a 48-year-­old female, deceased in a closet. It appears the female had been there for a few days. 

Cops indicate arguments over the eviction ultimately led to the alleged homicidal violence. Lt. Kathleen Burns, commanding officer of the LAPD's Mission Detective Division, says:

The suspect and witnesses in this case, including the citizen who initially called the front desk, are all cooperating with police and providing information. What is interesting about this incident is that it started with a phone call to the front desk and detectives had to put together the pieces of the puzzle to just find the body.

The suspect, arrested on suspicion of murder, was ID'd as Mario Villalobos. L.A. Sheriff's Department inmate records indicate he's 58. He was arrested yesterday at 1:45 p.m., according to sheriff's information. Police said he was being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

We reached out to detectives to try to get some more information on the case but were unable to reach anyone.

Anyone with information on the case was asked to call detectives at 818-838­-9948.

Send feedback and tips to the author. Follow Dennis Romero on Twitter at @dennisjromero. Follow L.A. Weekly News on Twitter at @laweeklynews.

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