Cries of ‘he’s raping me!’ at Cityplace hotel end in bloodshed, man’s arrest

A Bedford man has been accused of killing a man who tried to intervene when a woman called for help at a Dallas hotel.

Michael Warner, 37, was booked into the Dallas County jail early Tuesday on a murder charge in connection with the March 10 slaying of 22-year-old Francisco Muñoz.

Warner was visiting a woman at the Best Western Cityplace Inn along North Central Expressway, near Fitzhugh Avenue. After a few minutes, the woman started to feel uncomfortable and texted one of her friends to come to her room, an arrest warrant says.

When the woman’s friends, including Muñoz, got to the room, they heard her screaming.

“He’s raping me!” the woman shouted, the warrant says.

One of the friends kicked the door, and Warner walked out of the room.

“He tried to rape me,” the woman told her friends.

One of the men hit Warner, knocking him to the ground. Warner pulled out a gun and started firing at Muñoz and two others, witnesses told police.

Surveillance video shows Muñoz falling as he tried to get away. Warner walked over to Muñoz and shot him, the warrant says. Muñoz was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Warner’s bail has been set at $200,000.

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