The man Austin police say killed 36-year-old David Villareal in downtown Austin earlier this month has been arrested in Louisiana and charged with Villareal’s murder.
Matthew Bacon, 26, was arrested in West Monroe, La. just after 11:30 p.m. on July 16, just days after Villareal’s death.
According to the arrest affidavit, West Monroe police were called to a truck stop parking lot where they were told Bacon was selling drugs out of his car, a red Chevrolet Cavalier.
Bacon consented to a search and police found a small amount of marijuana, rolling papers, two glass pipes and two pill bottles containing pills which Bacon did not have a prescription for, the affidavit said.
He was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and eight charges of unlawful possession of prescription medication.
Police say Bacon and Villareal both left Oil Can Harry’s, a downtown night club, in the early morning hours of July 13 and returned to the 36-year-old’s home at the 360 Condominiums at 360 Nueces Street.
Surveillance video shows both entering, but only Bacon leaving, police say.
Police were called to Villareal’s condo the following Monday after a friend of his was unable to reach him. Upon entering the condo, officers found Villareal’s body and the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office later ruled his death a homicide.
Bacon has since been charged with first degree murder and remains in custody in West Monroe on $500,000 bond.