Broward man accused of disemboweling girlfriend

Posted at 5:58 PM, Sep 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-22 17:58:00-04

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A Broward County man is accused of killing and disemboweling his girlfriend allegedly because the woman called out the name of her ex-husband during sex, police said.

According to an arrest report, 24-year-old Fidel Lopez called Sunrise police just after 3:30 a.m. Sunday to his apartment located 11630 Northwest 128th Drive.  Lopez told police that his girlfriend, 31-year-old Maria Nemeth, was not breathing.

Police arrived to find Nemeth's naked body on the bathroom floor surrounded by blood and bodily tissue. Police also observed holes in the dry wall and a closet door that had been removed and was lying on the hallway floor, and began to suspect a struggle and foul play.

Officers also reported seeing cut limes and a half empty bottle of tequila in the kitchen.

Neighbors told police they'd heard lots of yelling and loud noises coming from apartment 308, the unit Lopez and Nemeth had shared for about a week, for the past two hours.

During initial questioning, Lopez claimed that he and Nemeth had been having rough, consensual sex when she went into the bathroom, vomited and passed out.

Upon further questioning, Lopez claimed to police that during sex, Nemeth allegedly called out the name of her ex-husband twice. Lopez told police that upon hearing this, he became enraged and turned into a "monster."

The report indicates that Lopez flew into a rage, breaking things in the apartment and punching holes in the wall. He went into the closet where Nemeth was lying unconscious, and began to violently assault her, inserting various items, including a beer bottle, a hair flat iron, and both of his fists, into her as she lay unconscious, police said. Lopez admitted to police that he inserted his arm so far into Nemeth's body that he ripped out her intestines.

Lopez told police that Nemeth never regained consciousness during the attack, and that he attempted to revive her by splashing water onto her face.

He went to the bathroom to wash blood off of his hands, then went to smoke a cigarette on the porch. Police said a panicked Lopez then started grabbing various items to try and cover the bloody tissue he'd removed from Nemeth's body during the violent attack.

Lopez checked on Nemeth a final time, and upon discovering that she was not breathing, called 911.

Police arrested Lopez and charged him with first-degree murder. He was ordered held without bond. Records did not indicate whether Lopez had hired an attorney.

Neighbors remembered Nemeth as a sweet, kind person that everyone seemed to love.

"Very gentle, very private. Soft-spoken young lady. We all loved her. Very pleasant young lady," said Dan Carter.

"Very sweet, loving girl. Been here for years. I've been in and out of the office for eight years," said Debbie Katz.
Nemeth worked as a leasing agent at the apartment complex where she met Lopez.

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