Neighbors say they heard screams and crashing coming from a Pasco apartment complex hours before police found a 46-year-old woman dead.
When police arrived at the Vecinos Business Park at 720 W. Lewis St. late Friday night they found the woman dead inside an apartment, said Pasco police. A neighbor found the woman, whose name has not been released.
“I can say that the crime was violent in nature,” Capt. Jim Raymond said. “She certainly was violently killed.”
Police are awaiting results of an autopsy before releasing how the victim died.
A man who lives in the apartments where neighbors say they heard cries for help and items breaking was arrested on suspicion of murder.
Guadalupe Montejano, 47, was arrested at the complex and booked into the Franklin County jail, Raymond said.
Montejano and the victim knew each other, though police are still working to figure out what their relationship was, Raymond said. Witnesses at the apartments pointed Montejano out to police.
Neighbors heard a man and woman fighting inside Montejano’s apartment early Friday morning, they said.
“We were lying down in bed and the woman was screaming and they were breaking things,” said a neighbor, who didn’t want to be named. “I almost dialed 911 but I was scared. I was scared he would hear me. I don’t like to start trouble.”
There was constant yelling and arguing coming from Montejano’s apartment neighbors said. People who talked with the Herald say they rarely spoke to Montejano and saw two different women frequently visit his home.
Neighbors watched as they say police blocked off an area near Montejano’s apartment and questioned potential witnesses into Saturday morning.
“They were here until 3 or 4 in the morning,” said Ignacio Gudino-Hernandez, who lives down the hall from the suspect. “They came and asked us what happened. Nobody around here knows. We all keep to ourselves.”
Montejano had lived at the low-income complex for about two months, said Victoria Galindo, who manages the apartments. He paid his rent on time and there had been no complaints about him.
“So far, so good,” Galindo said. “We didn’t hear anything about him. I saw a ... lady with a dog going into his apartment yesterday but that was it.”
The staff at the complex left their office around 8 p.m. Friday and were unaware a woman was killed, they said. The complex has 30 units which house about 40 people.
Police are routinely called for disturbances there and the multiple cop cars that showed up when the victim was found didn’t worry many people, several residents said.
“It was bound to happen with everybody around here,” said a neighbor, who didn’t want to be identified. “That’s the kind of apartments it is.”
The complex does have issues with people drinking and sometimes has disturbances, but nothing ever as violent as a homicide, Galindo said.
The woman’s death marks the first homicide in Pasco in more than a year, Raymond said.
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