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Police: Nampa man with ties to Minidoka murder broke into Burley woman’s apartment and threatened her with a knife

May 10, 2018 GMT

BURLEY — Police say a Nampa man entered a woman’s apartment while she was showering, put on a glove and threatened her with a knife.

Rogelio Gonzalez-Huerta, 23, is charged with felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor false imprisonment and trespassing.

Cassia County Sheriff detectives say he is the business partner of a man who witnessed the murder of Rafael Gil Vargas, 43, in Minidoka on April 28 and that his vehicle was involved in the crime.

Vargas’s daughter Nallely Vargas-Juarez, 19, was also shot in the hand.

Denis O. Lopez-Serrano, 22, of Rupert is charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and two counts of first-degree kidnapping in connection with the shootings.

Deputies were called to the woman’s apartment on Friday evening and found Gonzalez-Huerta still inside. A police report says the woman was “in a panic stage and pacing back and forth,” when deputies arrived.

The woman said that Gonzalez-Huerta is an ex-boyfriend of her sister.

She told deputies when she arrived home Gonzalez-Huerta and the man who police say witnessed the murder were both in her apartment parking lot and she told them they were not welcome and to leave. The other man left but Gonzalez Huerta stayed and she told him to leave again, the police report says.

She went inside her apartment to take a shower because she was meeting a friend and she heard the door open, so she called out her sister’s name.

The woman told police she realized it was Gonzalez-Huerta in her apartment, and she told him to get out and called her sister, the police report says. She told police she grabbed a towel and walked past him to her room where she closed the door and started to put her clothes on. But Gonzalez-Huerta opened the door to her room and kept saying she had two minutes to change. She ran to the door and he stopped her and put on a black glove and grabbed a knife out of his pocket.

He said “you don’t know what your sister got you in to,” the woman told deputies. According to the police report, the woman stalled and begged Gonzalez-Huerta to leave her alone. Eventually, he said he wasn’t going to hurt her, and a friend of the woman’s arrived. The two ran away and took off in a car but turned around when they heard police arriving.

According to the police report, Gonzalez-Huerta told the woman it was a joke and he wasn’t going to hurt her.

As Gonzalez-Huerta was being detained, he told deputies that he did not have a knife. They later reported finding a knife in the woman’s bedroom but did not recover the glove.

A preliminary hearing is set for May 18 in Cassia County Magistrate Court.