Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 | 2:55 p.m.
A 38-year-old man was being held on a murder count in the beating death of his girlfriend Tuesday at an apartment in North Las Vegas, according to police.
North Las Vegas Police identified the suspect as Ernest Milton Smith Jr.
Police said it appeared the victim, 38, and Smith were involved in a physical confrontation that resulted the woman’s death. Her name has not yet been released.
Officers responded about 2 p.m. Tuesday to the 3300 block of East Lake Mead Boulevard, west of Pecos Road, to a call of a woman who was not breathing, police said.
The death appeared suspicious and homicide detectives were dispatched, police said.
Smith had left the scene but returned sometime during the investigation, police said. He was booked at the Las Vegas City Detention Center.