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A woman allegedly had her name forcibly inked onto her boyfriend’s neck at a tattoo party shortly before a group of men shot him to death last month, Texas police said.
Erika Perez, 28, allegedly conspired with four gunmen to abduct and murder her partner Younis Alhassinyani last month, authorities said.
Justin Jaxs Salinas, Benjamin Delgadillo, and Pedro Rodriguez have also been charged with capital murder in the case. One other suspect remains at large, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
On Feb. 1, Perez created a Facebook Live stream and invited viewers to attend a session with a tattoo artist at her apartment, KXAS-TV reported. She dubbed it a “tap out session” — meaning potential clients could get as many tattoos as they could physically endure for $500.
“There’s tats going on over here guys,” Perez told her audience. “Whoever wants to get tatted up. My favorite and best tattoo artist is here. But you have to come with money.”
However, no one showed up to the gathering, except for Perez, Alhassinyani’s accused killers, and the tattoo artist, law enforcement said.
Perez told investigators that Alhassinyani left her apartment around midnight that evening. However, authorities discovered a video that had been recorded on her phone from 5:42 a.m. that showed Delgadillo, who was armed, ordering a shirtless Alhassinyani to lie face down on a massage table, according to WHBQ-TV.
Delgadillo allegedly then took the tattoo gun from the artist and began “defacing” Alhassinyani’s back tattoo, which the Star-Telegram reported was the words “South Side” and the Arlington city logo.
“Do it a little softer,” Alhassinyani allegedly begged in the recording, according to arrest warrants. “That s--t hurts.”
Delgadillo then dragged “the tattoo gun harder over his back,” detectives stated.
Perez then asked to have her name tattooed on his neck.
A trio of armed men later arrived at the apartment, the tattoo artist told authorities. Alhassinyani eventually pleaded to have his mother come pick him up.
“We will take you home,” one of the men told Alhassinyani, the arrest warrant stated.
Perez allegedly then snatched her boyfriend’s mobile phone and wallet and turned it over to the group of armed men.
“Whatever you do to him, don’t do it here,” she told them, according to Delgadillo.
The four men loaded Alhassinyani into a Dodge Challenger and drove to the city of Euless, authorities said. At one point, they demanded he exit the car. Alhassinyani, who refused, was allegedly later shot by Salinas with a Glock pistol.
The body of Alhassinyani, an Arlington tire shop worker, was found on Feb. 4 in a ditch near a state highway. He was found with a gunshot wound to his neck, according to a preliminary autopsy.
Delgadillo, who detectives said is a drug trafficker, confessed he’d “scribbled” on Alhassinyani’s back using the tattoo gun, they said. Detectives said they identified Rodriguez as the Dodge’s driver.
Perez, who detectives said has a prior criminal record, was arrested on March 18.
Salinas was also charged with aggravated robbery, manufacturing or possession of a controlled substance, and marijuana possession. He’s being held without bond at a Tarrant County detention center, according to online jail records accessed by Oxygen.com.
Perez was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated kidnapping, failure to report a felony, and making a false police report. She’s also being held in county jail on a $32,000 bond, jail records show.
Alhassinyani, whose family is originally from Kurdistan, was an only child, according to a GoFundMe page set up by his family. His father died two years ago, according to the fundraiser.
“This is truly a devastation to his mothers who’s lost both her only son and her husband in less than 2 years,” the crowdfunding page stated. “I can not fathom what pain she must be going through.”
Perez hasn’t retained legal counsel, according to online court records obtained by Oxygen.com. Her initial court appearance before a magistrate judge is scheduled for March 26 at 9 a.m.
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