AUSTIN (KXAN) - A man held on drug charges in Monroe, La., is charged with first-degree murder in the death of a man at the 360 Condominiums, Austin police confirmed Thursday.
Matthew Henry Bacon, 26, of Austin, was arrested in West Monroe, La. on drug possession charges July 16, one day after David Villarreal, 36, was found dead in his apartment.
Bacon was arrested after allegedly attempting to sell narcotics from a West Monroe truck stop, according to an arrest affidavit. A search of his vehicle turned up marijuana, several pills, rolling paper, and other drug paraphernalia, the document said.
Bacon was booked at the West Monroe Correctional Center and later transported to Ouachita Correctional Center. He has not yet been extradited back to Austin.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit released Thursday, Bacon told Austin police detectives who traveled to Louisiana that he killed Villarreal by hitting him in the head several times with hammer and then cutting his throat. Bacon told police he wanted to steal electronics equipment and a smart phone.
The smart phone and Villarreal's credit cards helped police trace Bacon's trail from Austin, across Texas and into Louisiana, the affidavit said.
Security video also showed that someone fitting Bacon's description left Villarreal's condo and returning with a roller suitcase. The man in the video had also changed his clothes after first entering the apartment, the affidavit said.
Police said around 9:45 pm on July 15, they received a 911 call alerting them of a missing person. The caller said they had not seen David Villarreal in a couple days.
Officers went to the building at 360 Nueces Street and found Villarreal, 36, dead inside a unit on the 18th floor with traumatic injuries. Later in the day, police said they were looking for a possible suspect in the death.
Security video released last week showed Villarreal entering the 360 Condos building with another man but only shows the second man leaving. The video also showed that the man who left the building drove away in a red car.
Bacon was in a red car when he was arrested in Louisiana.
Bail for the murder charge was set at $500,000.
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