Police: Dancer Dismembered, Sealed In Concrete 1-10-2011
Jason R. Latham, Managing Editor LAS VEGASThe killing of a Las Vegas Strip dancer and the attempts to dispose of her body are described in grisly detail in a 9-page arrest report for the womans ex-boyfriend. Jason Griffith -- who is also a performer, in Cirque du Soleils Love -- was charged with murder following a nearly month-long search for Debora Flores Narvaez, who stars in the Luxors Fantasy show. Flores Narvaez went missing on Dec. 12, and despite interviewing Griffith and several of the womans friends, Metro detectives didnt get a break in the case until last Wednesday, when a witness came forward to a friend of hers in the police department. According to the arrest report, the witness, Kalae Casorso, said Griffith and his roommate, Louis Colombo, showed up at her home on Dec. 15 with a U-Haul truck, asking if she would store a large blue tub of concrete for them. Casorso said she asked what was in the tub, and said Griffith told her she didnt want to know. When she persisted, Casorso told police Griffith said, Debbie is in there. Casorso said she didnt immediately go to police because she didnt want to believe Griffith, and later said she was scared. After Casorso told her story to a friend, detectives questioned Colombo, who, according to the report, agreed to tell police everything so long as he wasnt arrested or charged with Flores Narvaezs death. The night she disappeared, Colombo said he witnessed Flores Narvaez and Griffith fighting at his apartment on Russian Olive Street, near Gowan Road and Revere Street in North Las Vegas. The couple had a history of violent encounters, police said, and Griffith was already awaiting a court appearance after being charged with coercion following an incident in October. In the report, Colombo told police Griffith was choking Flores Narvaez and he had to pull him off her. After things calmed down, Colombo said he left the apartment. Before returning, Colombo said Griffith called him and said he should come back alone. Colombo said Griffith met him at the front door and warned him this was a change your diaper moment. Inside, Colombo said he saw Flores Narvaezs body, making him sick to his stomach. Colombo then described to police how Griffith purchased bags of concrete at a nearby Home Depot, and how the two placed the womans body in a plastic tub and covered it in concrete. Storing the tub would prove to be a challenge, as Colombo described a failed attempt to pull the tub up to a second-story apartment in Henderson. Colombo does not mention in the arrest report the attempt to store the body at Casorsos home. Finally, Colombo said, he and Griffith stored the tub at a vacant home on Bonanza Way, near Bonanza Road and Las Vegas Boulevard. The occupants, according to Colombo, were out of the country. After a couple of days, Colombo said he and Griffith returned to the home with new plastic tubs, a sledge hammer, a saw and cleaning supplies. He told police they removed Flores Narvaezs body from the first tub, and Griffith sawed off her legs before placing her in plastic bags. The bags were covered in concrete and sealed in the two new tubs, which were then sealed inside a closet of the home. Metro detectives said they found the tubs and Flores Narvaezs body exactly where Colombo told them to look. Griffith was picked up by police Friday night as he left the Mirage after a performance of Love. During questioning, police said he continued to deny having anything to do with Flores Narvaezs death. He was later arrested. According to the report, Griffith spoke openly to a detective while being transported to the Clark County Detention Center. The detective said Griffith told him what happened was not a premeditated thing and that it was a heat of the moment thing that happened. Griffith said Flores Narvaez attacked him, according to the report, and forced him to do what he did. The details of the argument Colombo described were not in the arrest report, although police noted several incidents in which officers responded to reports that the couple was fighting. Griffith is due in court on Wednesday. Flores Narvaez was born in Puerto Rico, where family and friends are organizing an online effort to have her body brought back to home to be buried. They are collecting donations on the website, BringDebbieHome.com.