Fresh home from jail, Jose Mendez, 40, couldn’t deal with the idea that a 17-year-old girl had possibly been holding down his spot and keeping his 25-year-old girlfriend warm at night. So he eliminated the competition.
And he claims his girlfriend helped him.
Jose Mendez, 40, told cops that Rosanna Castro grabbed 17-year-old Luzbenet Ramirez as he held her by the neck and stabbed the teen 30 times in a jealous rage.
Mendez, who suspected Castro and Ramirez of sleeping together, thought killing the teen “would solve their relationship issues,” a source said.
“She told me to get two garbage bags and we could put her on the roof and no one would find her,” Mendez said, according to prosecutors. “She said she wanted to start again working on our relationship.”
Instead, Mendez wrapped Ramirez’s body in plastic and stowed it in the closet of Castro’s Southern Blvd. home in the Woodstock section, sources said.
Castro has not been charged with any crime. Mendez had just got out of jail a day before the killing after doing 35 days for assaulting.
Police allege that Mendez stabbed the teenager inside his girlfriend’s apartment then wrapped her body in plastic before stuffing her body into the cupboard.
Neighbors said Ramirez’s met Mendez’s girlfriend on the street shortly after Ramierez’s father died from a sudden diabetes-related illness in May.
It transpired that Ramirez, who went missing early this week, was staying at the apartment when Mendez – who has children with his girlfriend – got into a fight about a possible tryst between the two women, the newspaper reported.
Ramirez’s 14-year-old brother Benny said the loss was a bitter blow to the family.
‘My dad just died five months ago and now it’s just me and my mom,” he said.