A man has been charged with murder after allegedly strangling his 64-year-old roommate to death and putting her body in a dumpster in El Monte, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.
David Lemus-Orellana, 22, faces one count of murder in connection with the death of Florinda Hernandez Vasquez on Tuesday.
Her body was discovered buried under trash in a garbage bin along the 3300 block of Maxson Road that morning.
The person who alerted authorities said they saw a man dragging a woman’s body from a trailer in a mobile home park nearby out to the street.
A neighbor shared home security video that they believe shows Velasquez Fernandez’s killer pushing a large blue tub out to a dumpster Tuesday morning.
Velazquez Fernandez was renting a room in a four-bedroom home in the park that she shared with two brothers and an older man, relatives say.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials announced Lemus-Orellana’s arrest on Wednesday.
A motive behind the killing is unknown.
Bail was set at $2 million and he faces 25 years to life in state prison.
The incident remains under investigation by the El Monte Police Department and the sheriff’s department.