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Austin Police Release Photo Of Suspect In Gay Man's Death: VIDEO

Austin police have released surveillance images of the suspect in the death of gay resident David Villarreal. Villarreal, 36, was found dead in his downtown condo on Monday with signs of trauma to his body after meeting the suspect at a local gay club over the weekend.

The Austin American-Statesman reports:

AustinThe images show Villarreal and a man in his 20s to 30s (pictured right) entering the condo tower at 360 Nueces Street sometime early Saturday morning, a police official said.

Police believe the victim and suspect met Friday night at the nearby downtown club Oilcan Harry's and made their way back to the tower early Saturday. The suspect was then seen leaving the towers about an hour later.

"I have a strong feeling we'll catch this guy," said Sgt. Brian Miller.

Investigators believe Villarreal may have been dead two days before a friend called police expressing concern.

Police declined to elaborate on Villarreal's cause of death, or other details in the case.

Watch a news report on the developing case, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. This is the worst kind of ending, thinking you're going home with someone for fun but they kill you. So sad.

    Posted by: Dennis | Jul 17, 2013 7:25:42 PM

  2. i am NOT blaming the victim, but do we have to continue picking up strangers and bringing them into our homes? i'm not that bright, but i got over that 3 decades ago. i don't want to die at the hands of a stranger. i risk getting piled on by saying i don't walk around town, even cold sober, at 3am any more either. if i want to risk my life i'll take up cliff diving.

    Posted by: bandanajack | Jul 17, 2013 7:51:01 PM

  3. I agree jack, but the young ones...

    Posted by: jleo71 | Jul 17, 2013 9:45:49 PM

  4. been to austin and that bar too many times to count. guess you never know. what a loss. they will catch this guy.

    Posted by: datlaw | Jul 17, 2013 10:37:46 PM

  5. This is a shame. People go to bars, they pick people up. It's almost always fun and so rarely ends in murder.

    Posted by: Omar | Jul 17, 2013 10:53:19 PM

  6. Reminder to everyone - don't go home with a stranger you just met a few hours before.

    Posted by: Sad | Jul 18, 2013 1:12:35 AM

  7. bandanajack is right.

    This kind of stuff happens a lot more than people realize.

    The number of missing persons continues to explode, and I believe many of them are gay.

    The FBI released a report in mid or late 2012 that estimated that gang member numbers increased 40% in the last 2 years.

    There are thousands and thousands of Matthew Shepard types of crimes every year, and most of which will never be known, as I believe, because most of them are missing.

    And most of use 'gays' don't want to deal with that reality because we already have to deal with so much negativity from oppression and persecution that will just can't take anymore sometime.

    If you're gay, and not a gay rights activist, you need to become one, myself included.

    Someone has to put these pieces of trash in prison, and we can't count on law enforcement and the government to do real due-diligence in all cases.

    Posted by: Kevin LS | Jul 18, 2013 5:59:24 AM

  8. Newsflash:

    There are bad gay and bi men and women with bad intent, who prey on gay and bi men and women. Not every murder of a gay man involves an evil homophobic 'straight', less still gang initiation.

    Is it a wise thing to leave a bar with a stranger you've only slightly know and go home with him? No, it's not.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 18, 2013 11:47:56 AM

  9. Guys who do things like what this murderer did are usually desperate, often serious drug addicts, excons, etc., He and pretty much everybody else know perfectly well there are CCTV cameras all over the place and in this case he was observed by witnesses and cameras leaving the bar with his victim, entering and leaving his victim's condo building. They do it anyway. Go figure. Hopefully, somebody who knows him, and maybe needs to cop a plea for their own criminal charges, will rat him out. Or he'll get caught some other way and claim it was an accident or some such BS.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 18, 2013 11:52:33 AM

  10. They arrested this guy yesterday. He admitted to beating the victim in the head with a hammer then cutting his throat. Such a horrific crime.

    Posted by: Nick Pierdomenico | Jul 26, 2013 11:46:45 AM

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