Police: Man Allegedly Killed His Girlfriend, 21, Because She Stayed out Overnight
A 23-year-old man walked into the 48th precinct in the Bronx last Wednesday to confess he killed his girlfriend. Although neighbors claim the couple was unstable, they never expected this outcome.
On the night of April 10, Angel Esteban Felix Rodriguez walked into the New York City Police Department - 48th Precinct and confessed to his crime: two days earlier, he had a fight with his girlfriend, strangled her, and let her body in the home they used to share.
The young man gave the keys of his department to the police.
Officers then visited the complex located at 1628 Nelson Ave, in the Morris Heights section of the Bronx, and found the lifeless body of Indira Ramirez-Rivera, 21, lying face up in a bedroom.
According to reports, Ramirez-Rivera had strangulations marks in her neck, evidence of blunt force trauma on her body, and vaginal cuts.
Rodriguez is not currently charged with any sexual offenses, but he was arraigned on Thursday on murder and manslaughter charges.
“He wanted her to suffer,” Assistant District Attorney Kathryn Falasca said on court. “He left her on the bed that they shared to die.”
Although police have not released an official motive for the crime yet, police sources told The New York Post on Thursday that Rodriguez, who was known as a jealous boyfriend, was angry because Rivera had stayed out overnight.
Neighbors told the publication that the couple had a tumultuous relationship and that the woman had moved out of the department in the past, but ended up returning.
“They seemed lovable but then they argued, and it was heated,” said Smily Rodriguez, who has no relation to the suspect.
The shocked woman was home when police arrived at the couple’s apartment on Wednesday and said she knew something was wrong when the officers went back in with gloves. “I heard one EMT say: ‘It looked like the devil was in there,'” she recalled.
According to neighbors, Ramirez-Rivera loved fashion, but her revealing dressing style was not exactly her boyfriend’s cup of tea.
It was stated that the woman had recently returned from a trip to the Dominican Republic, where she underwent plastic surgery.
Police said the medical examiner would determine the cause of death and the investigation is ongoing.
Felix-Rodriguez had no prior arrests. He's being held without bail.
Indira is one of the latest deadly victims of domestic violence.
According to statistics, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.
Last week, police arrested Michael Cammarata, 42, for the murder of his estranged wife, Jeanine Cammarata, 37.
The charred remains of the New York City teacher and mother of three were found last Thursday inside a storage container.
Footage from surveillance cameras shows Michael carrying a large trash bag out of his department in Queens, and then dumping the remains with the help of another person, believed to be his girlfriend Ayisha Egea, at Staten Island’s Arden Heights section using one of the facility’s large bins.
Michael Cammarata and Ayisha Egea were arraigned in Staten Island court Friday on charges of murder, concealment of a human corpse and tampering with physical evidence. They are being held without bail.
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