The 16-year-old, found dead last week in downtown Oak Cliff, dated a man who police believe shot her several times before wrapping her in a blanket and dumping her body in a creek, according to an affidavit in the warrant. for arrest.
Arturo Flores, 22, was sent to the Dallas County Jail early Saturday morning on charges of killing Venus Rodriguez. His attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Around 10:15 a.m. on January 16, officers were called to the 1700 block of Brookhaven Drive, near South Zang Boulevard and West Illinois Avenue, where they found a body wrapped in a blanket with a distinct blue and white pattern.
According to the affidavit, Rodriguez was identified the next day through fingerprint analysis, and when detectives questioned her family, they learned that Rodriguez was seeing Flores, with whom she reportedly eloped in September.
Police continued to tie the couple through the blanket she was found in with an affidavit that said Rodriguez had posted an Instagram photo of the dog sitting on the same blanket in December. The affidavit states that Flores was the only person with access to the blanket, which was stored in his home, located 354 feet from the creek.
Flores’ mother told police that the couple had frequent fights, and according to an affidavit, a neighbor saw Flores stalking Rodriguez down the street and physically assaulting her in her driveway in the weeks before her death.
When the police questioned Flores, the affidavit stated that he appeared “indifferent” and “showed no emotion” towards Rodriguez’s death, even telling detectives that he only knew that she was missing, not that she was murdered. Flores told police that Rodriguez left the house on January 6.
“Interestingly, both parents of the suspect already knew that [Rodriguez] was found murdered,” the police said in a statement.
The sworn letter states that when police searched Flores’ room, they found that blood had been removed from the walls and carpet, where a new air mattress had been installed. A neighbor told police they saw Flores load a mattress into a truck and leave on what they believed to be January 12, meaning Rodriguez could have been in the creek for days before she was found.
Police detailed in affidavits that they are still trying to process numerous pieces of evidence, such as two phones and DNA swabs from Flores’ room, as well as two guns found in the car of Flores’ brother, who was pulled over on Saturday as he was leaving. house.
Flores remained in custody on $500,000 bail Tuesday.
The GoFundMe account was created to help Rodriguez’s family cover funeral expenses.