ONE Utah A man is accused of killing his girlfriend after a fight broke out between the two over a broken vape box.
Daniel Padilla-Ang27 years old, allegedly told officers he strangled a 20 year old man Sandra Robles died shortly after midnight on Saturday, according to a probable cause affidavit filed by the Orem Police Department (OPD).
The defendant allegedly confessed to the murder during the 911 call and then waited for OPD officials to arrive and arrest him, affidavit affidavit.
“The reporting party informed dispatch that he strangled his girlfriend and she died,” reads the affidavit of probable cause. “Before disconnecting from dispatch, he also advised that they had been drinking and he needed to be included.”
Padilla-Ang had only been dating Robles for four months at the time of her death, but Court records show he was twice arrested and charged domestic violence in Utah. According to court records, Padilla-Ang avoided any serious prison sentences in both cases and served only five days behind bars following a 2015 sentence in Provo County. Padilla-Ang later reached a plea deal after prosecutors in Orem County charged him with domestic violence in 2017. Prosecutors agreed to drop the domestic violence charge if Padilla-Ang pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge. In the end, he received a suspended 90-day prison sentence in that regard.
The accused killer was still on probation for the second case when he allegedly killed Robles.
Officers arrived at the scene Saturday and found Padilla waiting to be handcuffed, according to the probable cause affidavit.
“The male was found kneeling facing officers in the living room with his hands behind his head, appearing to be covered in blood. When officers asked for his name, he identified himself as Daniel Padilla,” the affidavit read.
According to the affidavit, officers then “cleaned the house” and searched for the victim.
Robles was placed in the bedroom, where “officers attempted to take life-saving measures,” according to the affidavit.
Papers said those measures were unsuccessful for Robles, who was “no longer conscious or breathing” when officers arrived on the scene.
Robles also “had serious facial injuries, and her face was swollen and covered with blood,” the papers said.
The affidavit says officers arrested Padilla-Ang, who they say continued to cooperate and detailed the events that led to Robles’ killing after he was taken to Orem police station.
That’s when police learned that an air cartridge had allegedly led to a deadly altercation between the couple.
“Daniel said the female victim had a vape box that was broken when he took it from her, at which point Daniel said the female victim hit him,” the affidavit read. “Daniel said after being hit and pushed by the female victim, he grabbed her by the neck with his right hand and started strangling her.”
However, Padilla-Ang stopped there; he became more violent, he allegedly informed the police.
“The female victim then went to the ground, where Daniel claimed he punched her in the face, and then began strangling her with both his hands,” the affidavit read. “Daniel said that when he was strangling her, he said ‘Damn it’ until she stopped moving.”
Padilla-Ang allegedly told police he later confirmed Robles was dead “by placing his hand over her mouth and pinching her nose to see if she was breathing out”.
The affidavit alleges that he then decided to confess to killing Robles.
“Daniel said that when she didn’t respond, he took a few sips of wine and sent 2 text messages to family members saying he just killed someone and he won’t see them. for a while,” the affidavit read. “During the interview, Daniel admitted several times that he killed female victims and that he needed to be locked up.”
He is currently being held without bail after Judge James Brady Finding him was a flight mishap.
“The court found substantial evidence to support the allegation and found clear and convincing evidence that Daniel Padilla-Ang would constitute a substantial danger to any other individual or community, or potentially escape court jurisdiction if released on bail,” Judge Brady wrote.
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