Texas man arrested for allegedly dismembering woman while still alive in ‘gruesome’ killing
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – A man has been arrested in connection with the “gruesome” slaying and dismemberment of a woman, ABC affiliate KSAT reported.
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said Rafael Castillo, 26, was arrested in Brownsville, Texas on Wednesday and is a suspect in the murder of Nicole Perry.
On Nov. 19, work crews found Perry’s body wrapped in a tarp while cleaning an area well known for dumping, Salzar said.
Salazar said investigators followed leads and ended up at a home on West Harlan Avenue, where a “gruesome picture” began to unravel.
According to Salazar, Castillo and Perry had a disagreement that ended with Castillo attacking and killing her with an ax or hatchet at the home on West Harlan.
“The suspect said he wanted to ‘make an example of her.’ That’s a direct quote,” Salazar said.
Salazar said Perry, 31, was partially dismembered while she was still alive. Investigators are still searching for body parts. The Sheriff’s Office is not ruling out that other people may have been involved in the murder or disposal of Perry’s body.
Castillo was arrested with assistance from the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force. He is facing a murder charge, according to Salazar.
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