Pictured: Jessica Flores.
RANCHO CUCAMONGA — A man accused of stabbing his 17-year-old ex-girlfriend to death last year did so after the girl rebuffed his request that they reunite, according to court testimony today.
After his arrest, Danny Vasquez told police he pleaded with Jessica Flores to return to him as both sat in a parked car outside Flores’ home in Bloomington, according to testimony from Ontario police Detective Al Parra.
During their early-morning conversation on Sept. 30, Flores became distracted by neighborhood dogs that approached Vasquez’s borrowed car, Parra testified.
When Flores greeted the dogs, Vasquez felt the girl was making light of their discussion. The 21-year-old became enraged and stabbed Flores in the throat with a steak knife, Parra testified.
Flores gasped for air and held her neck. Though there was a hospital near Flores’ home, Vasquez drove aimlessly until the girl died, Parra testified.
At about 2:30 a.m. Vasquez drove to his mother’s apartment in Ontario and called police. He was subsequently arrested.
Parra’s account of Vasquez’s confession came during a preliminary hearing in West Valley Superior Court. Vasquez’s mother and one of his sisters also testified.
At the end of the hearing, Judge Michael Libutti ruled that prosecutors presented enough evidence for Vasquez to stand trial for murder.
Vasquez’s mother, Margaret Leal, testified that she was asleep when her son arrived at her apartment in the 1700 block of East Fourth Street.
Leal said Vasquez entered her bedroom and woke her. He was hysterical, and he said he thought he’d killed Flores, Leal testified.
“He said, ‘I told you I needed help,’” Leal testified.
The commotion also roused Vasquez’s sister, Lidia Cuellar.
Cuellar testified that after she heard Vasquez say he feared he’d killed Flores, she rushed to check on the girl. She said she found Flores unresponsive in the passenger seat.
According to Parra’s testimony, Vasquez lived at a sister’s home in San Bernardino at the time of Flores’ killing.
He borrowed his sister’s car the day before the incident to search for work. He took one of his sister’s four steak knives with him, Parra testified.
In his confession, Vasquez said he arrived at Flores’ home after nightfall and went to her bedroom window. He convinced her to come with him to the car, Parra testified.
According to Parra, Vasquez made statements during his confession such as, “If he couldn’t have (Flores), no one else could,” and, “If he was going to lose everything, so would she.”
The couple met through MySpace, a social networking website, Parra said.
Flores was an Ontario native and attended Chaffey High School, her friends said last year.
When she died she’d been living at her father’s home in Bloomington for about a year, according to her friends.
Vasquez remained jailed today in lieu of $2 million bail at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. He is next due in court July 5.