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California man ‘murders co-worker after he had an affair with his ex-girlfriend’

California man, 49, ‘clubbed coworker, 56, to death with an irrigation pipe after colleagues bullied him because his ex-girlfriend had started an affair with the man’

  • Jose Gutierrez-Rosales, 49, is accused of beating to death his colleague, Hector Javier Vasquez, 56, with an irrigation pipe on April 18 in Lamont
  • The Kern County coroner’s office determined that Vasquez had died of multiple blunt force trauma, and ruled that his death was a homicide
  • Gutierrez-Rosales, who fled the scene of the attack, was charged with first degree murder 10 days later, on April 28.
  • A woman whose name has been removed from court documents told investigators she and Gutierrez-Rosales had been dating for three months
  • The woman said she and the suspect broke up several weeks before the murder because he had anger issues

A California man has been arrested for beating his colleague to death with an irrigation pipe because the man had an affair with his ex-girlfriend and colleagues made fun of him.

Jose Gutierrez-Rosales, 49, is charged with murdering his colleague, Hector Javier Vasquez, 56, on April 18 when the pair were working at a job site near Lamont, California.

‘We were there to pick up the’ [irrigation] pipes,” Gutierrez-Rosales told the researchers. “I ate about two tacos, and I felt like my body was strange, and then all of a sudden I grabbed the pipe, and I just started going up to him.”

While hitting Vasquez with the metal pipe, Gutierrez-Rosales told him, “This is to get involved with my family,” news week reported.

Vasquez suffered multiple fractures to his face, lacerations to his face and back of his head and lost several teeth in the fatal attack, police said. KGET News

At least one witness tried to tell Gutierrez-Rosales to stop the attack, and others later told investigators they could only see him from a distance and thought he was attacking a snake, according to reports.

The scene in which Jose Gutierrez-Rosales, 49, is accused of murdering his colleague, Hector Javier Vasquez, 56, on April 18 when the couple were working on a job site, near Di Giorgio Road east of Lamont , California

The scene in which Jose Gutierrez-Rosales, 49, is accused of murdering his colleague, Hector Javier Vasquez, 56, on April 18 when the couple were working on a job site, near Di Giorgio Road east of Lamont , California

'We were there to pick up the' [irrigation] pipes,” said Gutierrez-Rosales.

‘We were there to pick up the’ [irrigation] pipes,” said Gutierrez-Rosales. “I ate about two tacos, and I felt like my body was strange, and then all of a sudden I grabbed the pipe, and I just started going up to him.” As he hit Vasquez with the metal pipe, Gutierrez-Rosales said, “This is to get involved with my family,” Newsweek reported.

On April 28, Ken County Sheriff's Department deputies arrested Gutierrez-Rosales, who had fled after the attack.

On April 28, Ken County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested Gutierrez-Rosales, who had fled after the attack.

Vazquez’s body was found by officers on Di Giorgio Road later that day after witnesses reported the fatal beating to them.

The Kern County coroner’s office determined that Vasquez had died of multiple blunt force trauma, and his death was considered murder.

Gutierrez-Rosales, who had fled after the attack, was arrested 10 days later and charged with first-degree murder.

He told investigators he was ridiculed and bullied by his colleagues over the alleged affair, claiming he had been “provoked.”

The documents do not show whether Gutierrez-Rosales was actually married to the woman.

A woman whose name has been removed from court documents told investigators she and Gutierrez-Rosales had been dating for three months, KGET News reported.

She said they broke up several weeks before the murder because he had anger issues.

Gutierrez-Rosales is being held without bail. He is due to appear in court again on June 28.

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