by: David Charns
Posted: Mar 1, 2021 / 12:05 PM PST/ Updated: Mar 1, 2021 / 12:05 PM PST
Jason Valencia. (Photo credit: LVMPD)
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Police arrested a man two days after he allegedly murdered his upstairs neighbor while officers were searching for a theft suspect, court documents said.
Police responded to 5650 E. Sahara Ave. just after 10 p.m. on Feb. 24. Gwendolyn Alexander, 63, was found her in apartment with blood covering her face, court documents said. She was taken to Sunrise Hospital where she died.
As described in the arrest report, Valencia’s girlfriend came home from work and found him drinking beer. A short time later, she returned to the apartment with her two children, finding Valencia outside the apartment complex’s gate and unable to get in.
“She ended up going back to the apartment with Jason and he got upset,” the report said. “He was lying on the floor acting belligerently.”
A short time later, Valencia’s girlfriend “heard a bang from the apartment upstairs” and a woman shouting, “Why are you doing this to me!” according to the arrest report. Valencia then allegedly yelled a racial slur from the balcony above the apartment. About 10-15 minutes later, she went to check on the upstairs neighbor, who was unresponsive, documents said.
Valencia, his girlfriend and the two children then left the complex. “He told her, You better drive or I will hurt you,’ as he grabbed her hair,” the report said. While stopped at a stop sign near the complex, Valencia ran out of the car and the girlfriend called police.
A day later, the medical examiner determined Alexander died from possible strangulation, the report said. Her cause of death remains pending, but her manner of death was