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Thursday, May 17, 2018 1:00 am

Body found; partner charged

Pair had been living at hotel on Coliseum

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

Residents of the Regency Inn hadn't seen David Fabela's girlfriend, known as “Li'l Sis,” since Saturday.

By Tuesday, according to court records, they'd had enough of Fabela walking around the grounds talking and bragging about killing his girlfriend, giving away Chinese food and stating that he was either going to commit suicide or face “death by cop.”

Fabela was arrested after a woman was found dead late Tuesday. Fabela is charged with aggravated battery used when the assault poses a substantial risk of death. He was being held at the Allen County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail and has a court hearing Monday.

Fabela told residents he'd hit his girlfriend in the head several times and stabbed her. He said he was sick of arguing with her, and residents said the couple often argued, court records said.

They called police around 11 p.m. Tuesday.

While officers kept track of Fabela, 35, of the 1000 block of West Coliseum Boulevard, the address for the Regency Inn where he'd been living, other officers were allowed access to his room where they found a woman's body, court records said.

First they noticed old, dry blood splattered on the bathroom floor. They then noticed a pile of blankets on the bed and found the body wrapped inside. One detective said she appeared to have injuries to the head that looked as though she'd been beaten, court documents said.

Police found a passport and driver's license that identified her as Michelle Lee Funk-Pike. Residents told police she was from Las Vegas.

Police who were tracking Fabela arrested him at Donnell and Virginia avenues, a short distance from the Regency Inn.

The Allen County coroner's office has not issued a ruling in the woman's death.