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A man suspected of killing his roommate and storing her body in their North Hills apartment’s closet was arrested Monday after a phone tip led police to the victim.

An anonymous telephone tip led police to the body of a 48-year-old woman inside the closet of an apartment in Panorama City. (Credit: KTLA)
An anonymous telephone tip led police to the body of a 48-year-old woman inside the closet of an apartment in North Hills. (Credit: KTLA)

Mario Villalobos, 58, allegedly confessed to the killing when he showed the body to a woman who was visiting Saturday night.

The visitor, who goes by the name Bubbles, said Villalobos told her he was going to evict his roommate when the two got into a confrontation.

“She kicked his dog … she pepper sprayed him and she was fighting and he was grabbing her,” Bubbles recalled Villalobos telling her.

“She scratched him and then he grabbed her by her neck and squeezed it and squeezed it and squeezed it until she stopped moving,” Bubbles claimed Villalobos told her.

Bubbles said she told a friend what she saw the next day and the friend eventually called police.

The tip led investigators to an apartment building in the 8700 block of Sepulveda Boulevard (map) where they discovered the body of a 48-year-old woman in a closet, the Los Angeles Police Department stated in a news release.

Villalobos, who was still in the apartment, was arrested and booked on suspicion of homicide, according to the news release.

Police confirmed that Villalobos and the victim were roommates and he was in the process of evicting her.

“This caused a number of arguments between the victim and suspect.  Ultimately resulting in the victim’s demise,” the news release read.

Authorities had not released the identity of the victim.

Villalobos was being held on $1 million bail, according to the LAPD’s inmate records.

Anyone with further information was asked to call detectives at 818-838-9948.

Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story indicated, based on LAPD information, the incorrect neighborhood where the apartment is located. The story has been updated.

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