A 22-year-old man accused in a Richardson robbery-slaying along with two other men is also a suspect in a recent M Streets rape that occurred the same day, authorities say.
Jose Portillo of Richardson faces a charge of capital murder in the September 7 death of Jimmy Donawho, 63. He also faces a charge of aggravated robbery and burglary for unrelated offenses. Dallas police have not yet filed a sexual assault case against him, but are expected to do so soon.
Two other men, Omar Lima Lopez, 30, and Saul Montero-Mata, 42, are being held on a charge of capital murder of Donawho.
Authorities say Portillo knew Donawho through members of his family and Portillo had been to Donawhoâs home for a birthday party.
In the early afternoon of Sept. 7, Donawho was stabbed to death in his Richardson apartment. A Czech-made gun, jewelry, his wallet, a phone and other property was taken during the robbery.
Later that day, authorities say a man knocked on a womanâs door on Martel Avenue in Dallas. He forced his way into her apartment at gunpoint. The woman told police that he sexually assaulted her twice and tied her up. She said he drank a beer from her refrigerator and took her cell phone.
The woman told police that she had previously seen the man walking around the apartment complex.
Within days of the rape, police released a description of the suspect and said he may go by the name âJose.â
Richardson police caught a break on the night of Sept. 12 when they say Portillo knocked on the door of a woman who lived in an apartment complex on Spring Valley Road. He forced his way into her apartment at gun point. He hit her in the head several times and locked the door behind him.
A ferocious struggle ensued between Portillo and the woman as they fought over the gun, according to Richardson police records. The woman finally broke free and ran for the door, unlocked it and ran outside screaming for help. Portillo fled the scene, police say.
As Richardson police converged on the area, they encountered Dallas police detective Cynthia Arispe, who told them that she had been watching Portillo because he matched the description of a suspect in the Dallas rape. Arispe told Richardson officers that she had followed Portillo into the apartment complex on Spring Valley Road, but had lost sight of him.
A short time later, Arispe said she saw two men fighting in a nearby apartment complex parking lot. Arispe saw one of the men flee and approached the other.
The man who remained, Baravan Haji, told Arispe that he had been sitting in his car when the other man approached and pointed a gun at his head.
âGet over, hurry up, hurry up,â the man told Haji in Spanish.
When Haji refused, he said the man racked the slide of the gun and began yelling. Haji grabbed the gun as a struggle ensued. Haji told police he punched the man in the face. The man let go of the gun and fled on foot.
âThat guy tried to jack me and I took his gun away,â Haji, told Arispe, according to Richardson police documents.
She took the gun from Haji. The gun was of the same type as the one taken from Donawhoâs apartment.
Police soon located Portillo as he tried to force his way into a nearby house, authorities say. The home belonged to relative of Portillo and he had been recently staying with them, police said. Once Portillo was taken into custody, Richardson police matched a bloody fingerprint found on an exterior door of Donawhoâs master bedroom closet to Portillo.
During questioning, Portillo confessed to having killed Donawho, police records state.
He told police that it was Montero-Mataâs idea to burglarize Donawaho. He said that the other two men waited outside while he went to burglarize the apartment. He said that after he stabbed Donawho, Montero-Mata came inside and took the wallet. He said Lopez did not go inside.
The three men had recently shared an apartment in Dallas, police said.
WFAA-TV reporter Rebecca Lopez contributed to this report.
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