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June 19, 2021

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Police: Suspect in fatal beating of elderly neighbor had been drinking

Jason Valencia

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Jason Valencia

A man told Metro Police that he struggled to remember details of a physical altercation on Wednesday after extensive drinking and marijuana use. He only recalled elbowing a stranger in the head while the victim, whom he’d believed to be a man, lay on carpet.

In reality, Jason Valencia is accused of entering the apartment of Gwendolyn Milton, who lived directly above him, and beat her to death, according to his arrest report. 

Valencia’s girlfriend, who reported the unprovoked attack, described him as “belligerent,” while a neighbor who’d heard the commotion and encountered the 32-year-old leaving the victim’s apartment said he “appeared impaired,” police said.

Interviewed the next day when he was arrested, Valencia said he’d blacked out and only found out about the death of Milton, 63, from the internet, police said.

Six minutes after Valencia’s girlfriend called 911, officers found Milton unresponsive in her bedroom, police said. She died at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center.

As of Monday afternoon, the Clark County Coroner’s Office had not determined Milton’s exact cause of death.  

Valencia was being held without bail at the Clark County Detention Center on a count of murder on an elderly person, court records show.

It wasn’t clear if Valencia was being represented by an attorney. 

His girlfriend told police that she arrived home, at 5650 E. Sahara Ave., about 5:30 p.m. and found him drinking beer and not making sense, according to the report. 

Concerned, she hid his gun and a bullet magazine, police said.

About 8 p.m., when she questioned him about pictures found on his phone, he got up and stumbled out of the apartment, not saying anything, she told police.

The woman told police that shortly after, she heard a commotion upstairs and Milton screaming: “Why are you doing this to me!” 

Unsure if Valencia was the attacker, the woman called his name, police said. He responded from the victim’s balcony, using a racial epithet, “I have to kill this (expletive),” according to the report. 

Milton was Black, according to the coroner’s office. 

The attack continued, and in total lasted 10 to 15 minutes, the woman told police.

Detectives found bloodied sheets and carpet and evidence of a struggle in the woman’s bedroom, police said.

Valencia then got in a car with his girlfriend and their two children, grabbed the woman by the hair and threatened her, instructing her to drive, police said.

Valencia hopped out of the car and wasn’t found until Thursday, when Henderson Police investigating a theft spotted him by chance, police said.