A COUPLE used a Craigslist ad to lure a lonely man before beating him to death with dumbbells, according to local reports.
Hector Mendez-Hernandez was brutally murdered after responding to the ad placed by Jacob Berkovitz, 24, and Tonya Dillard, 27, it is claimed.
The victim picked the couple up and brought them to his home in Las Vegas, Nevada, before they allegedly stabbed and bludgeoned him to death, Crime Online reports.
Dillard and Berkovitz were arrested last Friday after police reportedly spotted them leaving the victim’s home in his vehicle.
Dillard told a friend they met the man on Craigslist, according to KTNV.
She said the couple then planned to kill their victim before stealing his car and going to “live in the woods” together, according to KLAS.
Berkovitz confessed to shooting, stabbing and bludgeoning Mendez-Hernandez with a dumbbell because he touched Dillard’s thigh, it is alleged.
He reportedly said that Mendez-Hernandez was unarmed.
The Clark County Coroner’s Office determined the victim’s cause of death was blunt force trauma and ruled his death a homicide, according to KSNV.
Berkovitz is said to have recounted shooting the victim at least four times and stabbing him at least 25 times.
Dillard allegedly held down the victim as her boyfriend beat him to death, KLAS reported.
The couple were arrested after Dillard’s friend reportedly tipped off cops about the March 27 slaying.
The pal showed police pics of Mendez-Hernandez’s lifeless body that Dillard had sent her, KLAS reported.
Dillard allegedly claimed they would use a refrigerator to store and conceal his body.
The friend claimed Dillard contacted her and said she and Berkovitz had killed and skinned a dog, according to KNTV.
When the pal questioned the chilling behavior, Dillard allegedly responded: “If you think that’s strange, I am sitting next to a dead body.”
Dillard and Berkovitz have been charged with murder with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit murder, robbery with a deadly weapon, and conspiracy to commit robbery.
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