UPDATE ON FEB. 13: Las Vegas police arrested Kelsea Glass in connection with the murder. Her involvement is unclear at this time.
UPDATE ON FEB. 3: The arrest report for George Malaperdas and Anthony Newton has been released. According to the report, Newton and the victim were romantically involved with the same woman.
The report says that a witness says there was a confrontation between Molina and Newton on Christmas Day at the woman's apartment. At some point, Malaperdas arrived and helped tie Molina up. Malaperdas then allegedly put his foot on Molina's neck until he stopped moving.
The witness told police that he left the residence during the incident. When he returned, Molina was not there. Detectives traced a vehicle of interest to Newton's sister's house. They found evidence of blood in the trunk and evidence that connected Newton to vehicle.
Next, they obtained a search warrant for Newton's father's residence. They also recovered blood evidence there and Molina's burned ID card in a BBQ pit.
Newton's father said that his son told him that he killed someone and the body was in the backyard. The father said he told Newton to remove it. He denied knowing what happened after that.
During an interview, Malaperdas admitted helping Molina dismember and put it in a suitcase. He said that he and Newton then took the body to the desert and set fire to it.Malaperdas admitted helping Molina dismember and put it in a suitcase. He said that he and Newton then took the body to the desert and set fire to it.
UPDATE ON FEB. 2: Detectives have arrested 31-year-old George Malaperdas and 37-year-old Anthony Newton in connection with this murder.
Both suspects have been booked into the Clark County Detention Center and face the following charges: murder, first-degree kidnapping, robbery with use of a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree kidnapping.
UPDATE: The victim has been identified as 33-year-old Ulyses Cesar Molina from Las Vegas. His cause of death has not yet been determined.
LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department confirms the burned body of an adult male was found near the 4600 block of East Lake Mead Boulevard near Lamb Boulevard.
DISTURBING DETAILS: Police say body found burned w/ parts missing was killed elsewhere then dragged into dirt lot in a suitcase and dumped pic.twitter.com/IWLgB3HnOz
— David Schuman (@david_schuman) December 28, 2016
This is the 166th homicide investigated by the LVMPD in 2016.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.