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Witness Claims Texas Man Charged With Shooting Death ‘Popped’ Woman In Head ‘And Her Face Came Off’: Warrant

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Source: Lubbock County Detention Center; UNSPLASH

Dec. 29 2022, Published 9:00 a.m. ET

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An arrest warrant reveals grisly new details in the murder of a Texas woman who was found shot to death and lying in the road.

Around 6:05 a.m. on Dec. 20, the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of what initially appeared to be a vehicle collision with a pedestrian in south Lubbock County.

Deputies located the victim, later identified as Monica Lumbrera, 40, and an investigation determined she had been shot dead prior to the vehicle striking her body in the roadway.

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Two days later, on Dec. 22, authorities arrested Isaiah Sanchez, 24, and booked him into the Lubbock County Detention Center on a murder charge, the sheriff’s office said.

According to the warrant obtained by KCBD, at the scene of the incident, detectives found a motel room key near Lumbrera’s body, and a search of the room it was associated with turned up letters in a purse written to the victim.

The warrant states a phone located in Lumbrera’s pocket contained photos that allegedly showed the suspect in possession of a “silver colored revolver with a black hand grip.”

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Surveillance video recovered from the motel show Sanchez and Lumbrera get into a car with a woman behind the wheel, who later claimed Sanchez was upset “because [Lumbrera] was talking to someone else about him,” according to the warrant.

The woman told investigators she suspected Sanchez was about to hit Lumbera at one point during the ride and she dropped Sanchez and Lumbrera off in the road, the warrant states.

Another witness told detectives Sanchez believed Lumbrera was arranging for him to get “jumped” and the suspect told the victim that “she was just a waste” and “popped her in the side of the head and her face came off,” according to the warrant.

The warrant states the witness allegedly said Sanchez had “no care about what he did” and “showed him the gun that he used to kill Monica.”

The gun described by the witness as a black handled chrome revolver with a laser allegedly matched a weapon Sanchez had in his waistband in a photo found in the victim’s phone, police said in the warrant.

Sanchez was being held on $500,000 bond.

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