The suspect in the death of a Washington, D.C., housekeeper who was reportedly missing for a week was charged with first-degree murder, authorities said.
Rene Avila, 47, was charged Thursday with first degree murder, robbery, burglary, and kidnapping in connection with the death, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District said in a statement.
“We ask the public to be on the lookout for Rene Avela, who is believed to be armed and dangerous,” Assistant U.s.
Attorney Robert P. Darnell said in the statement.
Avila was last seen Saturday at his home on Pennsylvania Avenue NW, where he apparently had been staying since March 19, authorities told The Associated Press.
Police said he told them he had been drinking and driving, had been in the United States illegally for at least the past four months and was working at the D.A.’s office.
A criminal complaint filed in U.C.L.A. Superior Court on Wednesday accused Avilas brother, Daniel, and their friend, a relative, of taking him to an apartment complex where Avilaa worked, where Avelas brother was working and where Aavillaa’s body was found.
Avelas body was recovered about 11 a.m.
Sunday near the Davenport Park, a popular neighborhood of the District, in an apartment that the friends shared.
Authorities believe Avilasa had been killed while he was inside the apartment, according to the complaint.
Avena had been arrested for trespassing, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest in March.
Authorities said he was being held on $50,000 bail and was scheduled to appear in court Monday.