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Corpus Christie man strangles girlfriend, burns body in trash can after she reported abuse

June 23, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Corpus Christie man strangles girlfriend, burns body in trash can after she reported abuse

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Noemi Villareal filed a police report citing that her boyfriend was abusing her just six days before she was strangled, stuffed in a trash can, and lit on fire.

A fisherman discovered the woman’s partially burned body on June 8th along the Oso Bay shore in Corpus Christie, police said.

She threatened to press charges against her boyfriend after he reportedly beat her up and choked her. He assured her that if she went to the cops, he would harm her, according to Corpus Christi police.

Police said 28-year-old Lance Taylor, a suspected gang member was arrested and booked into Nueces County Jail on Monday on murder charges. The Texas Board of Pardons and Parole issued an arrest warrant for him back on June 7th, just one day before he allegedly killed his girlfriend in the most brutal fashion. He is currently being held without bail.

Taylor was on parole after being released from prison for possession of a firearm and additional drug charges. He was also on parole for a 2015 misdemeanor family assault charge, which involved a different woman. The suspect was just attending a batterer’s program mandated by the court two weeks ago.

The victim filed a police report back on June 2nd accusing Taylor beating her up all over her face and body in May.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Villareal alleged that her boyfriend dragged her by the hair into his car and drove her to an isolated location, turned on the child locks so she couldn’t escape, then proceeded to choke and beat her.

Villareal claimed she even broke his window trying to flee, according to the police report.

During a news conference Tuesday Cmdr. Santiago Escalante confirmed an incident had occurred between Villarreal and Taylor before her death.

“I believe the incident was of a minor nature,” Escalante said. “It was being assigned and being followed up on as well.”

The woman also said that Taylor wouldn’t allow her to leave her apartment, he made her sit in the bathroom with the door closed while she showered, and would even watch her sleep. He threatened he would call up his fellow gang members to hurt her if she went to law enforcement.

A police report filed in 2015 states that Taylor was arrested after a bystander saw him pin a woman to the ground.

The woman was identified as Taylor’s former girlfriend, who had informed police that she was “terrified” as he pushed and hit her. The next day, she notified investigators that she would not be pursuing charges.

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