Police: Man strangled, killed girlfriend
Austin police have charged a 25-year-old man with murder after they say he strangled his girlfriend to death on Saturday and then tried to escape a police interrogation room after his arrest.
An affidavit from Austin police homicide investigators states that Edmundo Cisneroz killed Rosa Hernandez, 36, at their home in the 9600 block of Bear Paw Trail in Del Valle.
Cisneroz has also been charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle after police say he drove away from the scene in Hernandez’s daughter’s Chrysler 200 LX. Cisneroz was in the Travis County Jail on Tuesday with bail set at $225,000.
Austin police learned of Hernandez’s death after her daughter found Hernandez dead Saturday morning and called 911, the affidavit said.
The night before, Hernandez and some of her children had gone to visit Hernandez’s mother. According to Hernandez’s daughter, Cisneroz came and went from their Del Valle home multiple times while she was gone. He was drinking, the daughter later told police.
When Hernandez arrived home Cisneroz was outside waiting for her, her 11-year-old son told police. A neighbor later heard Cisneroz and Hernandez arguing sometime between midnight and 1:30 a.m., according to the affidavit.
Police detained Cisneroz later that day in the 600 block of Masterson Pass near Lamar Boulevard and Rundberg Lane in North Austin.
In an interview with a homicide detective, Cisneroz said that he and Hernandez got into an argument that turned physical late Friday at their Del Valle residence.
He told police that Hernandez had struck him, and police found fresh cuts and abrasions on his arms, wrists and forehead consistent with being involved in a physical altercation.
Cisneroz said he pushed Hernandez onto a bed and put his hands on her face and neck until she became unconscious.
The detective then asked if their fight went further than he expected, and Cisneroz nodded “yes,” the affidavit said. The detective then asked if he grabbed Hernandez by the throat harder than he thought, and he said “yes,” the affidavit said. He then said he was sorry and acknowledged that he had strangled her, the affidavit said.
When the detective left the interrogation room, Cisneroz tried to escape the room by standing on a chair and pulling himself above the ceiling tiles. However, the room is encased in concrete cinder block, which prevented him from escaping, the affidavit said.
Austin police records also show that Hernandez was listed as the victim of rape and strangulation by Cisneroz on Christmas Day in 2017, the affidavit said.
— Philip Jankowski, American-Statesman
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