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A 68-year-old North Hollywood man was stabbed to death by his roommate on Saturday after he tried to stop the younger man from assaulting his own girlfriend, police say.
According to a police statement, Vallardes was trying to break up an altercation between his roommate, Manuel Garcia-Perez, and his roommate’s girlfriend. Garcia-Perez turned on Vallardes and stabbed him several times, police say. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Daily News states that Garcia-Perez then “fled into the night wearing only jeans.” As police put it, the 5-foot-5, 130 pound suspect “was wearing blue jeans, no shirt or shoes and may have sustained injuries from the altercation.”
Dejon Alan Miller was arrested a week before Christmas last year for a brutal beating that left his ex-girlfriend unconcious. But police suspect that the 35-year-old North Hollywood personal trainer may have abused more women in the San Fernando Valley and are inviting possible victims to come forward.
Police say at least five women have been victims of domestic violence at his hands. Authorities say some of the acts he have committed could qualify as torture.
Nicknamed "Danger", Miller is currently behind bars on a $1.3 million bail, awaiting his day in court on attempted murder and kidnapping charges. But at a press conference yesterday police wanted to get the message out that if there are any victims who haven't stepped forward, now would be a safe time to communicate with authorities.