PHOENIX - A Phoenix man is facing a murder charge after he allegedly beat his girlfriend in the head with a crowbar.
Alberto Vail Perez, 53, faces one count of first-degree murder and aggravated criminal damage.
According to police, on February 25, Perez was upset with his wife for not returning from the store quick enough and used a crowbar to break out every window in her car.
The next day Perez and his girlfriend got into a verbal argument while Perez held a crowbar in his right hand.
Police say the victim got up to go to the bathroom and when she turned her back Perez swung the crowbar like a baseball bat, striking the woman in the head, immediately knocking her to the ground.
While the woman lay on the ground, Perez allegedly stood over her and hit her two more times in the head.
Perez then told a witness, the victim’s cousin, that he was going to jail and walked out of the apartment.
The victim was taken to the hospital with severe brain injury where she was placed on life support and later died.
Police caught up to Perez at an apartment complex on East Indian School Road. The crowbar used in both incidents was found in Perez’s vehicle, according to police.
Police say Perez and his wife had been married approximately 22 years and he’d had a girlfriend for two years. Perez apparently lived with his wife but would spend the night with his girlfriend.
Perez was booked into jail on March 1.