Crime

Son who said he blacked out and was ‘really bad’ is charged with killing mom

Joaquin Villagra, 32, was charged Tuesday with killing his mother, 54-year-old Lisbeth Sandigo
Joaquin Villagra, 32, was charged Tuesday with killing his mother, 54-year-old Lisbeth Sandigo Miami-Dade Corrections

Joaquin Alberto Villagra told police he snorted cocaine, got into a fight with his mother, then blacked out.

The next thing Villagra knew, he was stealing his mother’s credit card and driving off in her 2005 Toyota Corolla, police said.

On Tuesday morning, Villagra approached Miami-Dade police officers working in Palmetto Bay and told them he had consumed cocaine and fought with his mother. Then he said, “I was really bad. I was strange, weird. I wasn’t the same,” according to police.

Villagra, 32, was promptly arrested, charged with second-degree murder with a deadly weapon and taken to the Turner Guilford Knight Correction Center. No bond has been set.

“Mr. Villagra stated that no other individuals were present at the residence during the time of the argument and no one was present after he came out of his black-out state,” police wrote in the arrest affidavit.

Miami-Dade police said they were first alerted something was amiss by Sweetwater police and Miami-Dade firefighters on July 14, when law enforcement responded to Lisbeth Sandigo’s apartment at 10792 SW Fifth St., and found her unresponsive in her bedroom.

Police found Sandigo half on her bed and half on the floor and covered by a bloody pillow. They also said they noticed large strands of hair in her hands that they thought came from a beard.

Sandigo’s family said they last heard from her about three days before her body was discovered and after knocking on the apartment door got no response. They became concerned after noticing that her Toyota was not in her parking spot, police said. So they notified the apartment’s manager, who opened the door.

Police said Villagra showed up at the Palmetto Bay police station Tuesday morning, driving his mother’s car.

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