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Man Accused Of Strangling Roommate Showed The Body To A Visitor, Police Say

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A man has been accused of strangling his roommate, then hiding her body in a closet. Mario Villalobos, 58, is accused of killing his roommate, a 48-year-old woman, in their apartment in the 8700 block of Sepulveda Blvd. in Panorama City, KTLA reports. Villalobos allegedly then showed the woman's body to a guest. The guest, who goes by the name 'Bubbles,' said that Villalobos told her that he and the victim got into a fight when he told her he planned to evict her.

Bubbles said that Villalobos claimed that the victim kicked his dog, pepper sprayed him and scratched him. Then, he "grabbed her by her neck and squeezed it and squeezed it and squeezed it until she stopped moving," Bubbles said.

Bubbles said that she told another friend about seeing the body, and that the friend called the police. Though the friend did not give the police an address or apartment number, they were eventually able to locate the apartment. Inside, they found the woman's body in the closet and arrested Villalobos. His bail has been set at $1 million.