Glendale man allegedly threatens to kill girlfriend, bury her in desert

A 26-year-old Glendale man was arrested this week when he allegedly tried to tie up his girlfriend and threatened to kill and bury her in the desert, police said.

Jose Luis Vargas was taken into custody about 10:10 p.m. Monday on suspicion of domestic violence, making threats and false imprisonment after his girlfriend of seven years threatened to move out of the apartment they shared in the 600 block of North Columbus Avenue, according to Glendale police.

His 25-year-old girlfriend was seated on the couch in their family room when he allegedly sat next to her and told her that she had to kill him or he would kill her before she moved out of the apartment, police said.

She told officers Vargas allegedly warned her that he had a shovel in the trunk of his car, and would take her to the desert, kill and bury her, according to police.

Vargas allegedly then grabbed his girlfriend’s wrists and dragged her into the bedroom, where he straddled her torso and tried to tie her up, according to police.

But she fought back and was able to break free, after which she ran out of the apartment screaming and called for help, police said.

Police have since obtained an emergency protective order for the girlfriend.


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