360 Condo murder suspect confesses to Austin police

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by KRIS BETTS / KVUE News and photojournalist DATHAN HULL

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Posted on July 25, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 26 at 7:28 AM

AUSTIN -- “David was stolen from us, and we're never going to get him back,” said his friend Bradley Barmer.

That was the reaction from friends Thursday after Austin police announced they arrested a suspect in the murder of David Villarreal at the 360 Condominiums.

On the night of July 12, 36-year-old Villarreal brought a man he had met at Rain, a downtown bar, back to his condo at 3rd and Nueces.

Once inside, police say 26-year-old Matthew Bacon murdered Villarreal with a knife and a hammer.

“I felt sick that someone would do that to another human being and take someone as good as David for as little as they took,” Barmer said.

Police say surveillance cameras captured Bacon leaving the condo, then returning with a car.

They say he stole Villarreal’s iPod, iPhone, Xbox and Kindle, and then left with them in a suitcase.

According to the arrest warrant, Bacon sold those items at a Belton hotel and booked a room with Villarreal’s credit card.

That's how detectives tracked him down and found Bacon already in a Louisiana jail for drug charges.

Police say Bacon confessed to the murder, and Villarreal’s father says it's the closure they needed.

“We're Christians, and we believe in forgiveness. We forgive, but there's laws in the country, and he broke the laws in this country, and he has to pay for that,” said Ruben Villarreal.

His friends say knowing what happened, however, makes the crime that much more painful.

“David was such a generous person. He had no attachment to his stuff; he would have given it to you. There's just not a lot to take away from a senseless crime like this,” said Barmer.

Austin detectives say Bacon also confessed that the knife and hammer he used to kill Villarreal were still in his car.

Bacon remains in the West Monroe, Louisiana jail. His bond for the murder charge is set at $500,000.

 

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