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UPDATE: New details in Lilac Lane homicide

Posted at 5:08 AM, Aug 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-20 02:50:06-04

LATEST: On Friday, Jaime Santana was taken into custody in the area of Charleston Boulevard and Palm Street without incident. Santana will be booked into the Clark County Detention Center for one count of murder with a deadly weapon.

According to an arrest report, Santana and the victim, Wendy Perez-Rodriguez, went to high school together. They reconnected on August 10 while Perez-Rodriguez was at work.

The next day, August 11, Santana told his father that he and Perez-Rodriguez were going to visit the Las Vegas Strip. Surveillance footage captured the two withdrawing money at a bank near Rainbow Avenue and Cheyenne Avenue. That was the last time Perez-Rodriguez was seen alive.

Later that evening, a friend of Perez-Rodriguez attempted to reach her via text message but received no response. Santana's father also tried calling his son several times with no answer.

Then on Friday, August 12, Santana's father found the body of Perez-Rodriguez in his home.

Investigators located a yellow pipe near the body. An autopsy revealed that the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head.

UPDATE: The suspect vehicle was located Tuesday near Valley View Boulevard and Washington Avenue. However, the suspect Jaime Santana remains outstanding.

Police said he may have cut his hair shorter than the picture released.

UPDATE: Through the course of the investigation, detectives identified 25-year-old Jaime Santana as a suspect in this homicide. Santana is described as a Hispanic male adult, standing 5’10” and weighing approximately 150 pounds. Santana is possibly driving a 2015, blue in color, 2-door Scion. The vehicle has Nevada license plates of 37A563. If you have any information, please call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.


Las Vegas police are investigating the death of a female on Lilac Lane, near Rancho Drive and U.S. 95.

Police say they received a call at 12:24 a.m. from someone inside the home. The woman was found to be partially clothed and appears to have been struck by something. She was found in a bedroom, which is inside of a converted garage.

Three men live in the home, but the woman does not. One of the man, who is believed to be approximately 25 years old, who lives in the home is missing and police are calling him a person of interest. He is not a suspect at this time. The other two men told police they do not know the woman.

During a press briefing, police said that there was evidence of a struggle and the woman was struck multiple times. It is believed the woman is in her 30s. He also said that the other two men are being cooperative and are not suspects.

The Clark County coroner will identify the victim after relatives have been notified.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.