Cooking Up Stupidity
PerpPlexity is a periodical celebration of criminals who have yet to reach the mastermind status — we'll settle for asking them to simply think the next time.
Sometimes there are great crime stories that are featured on the likes of Dateline NBC or ABC's Primetime.
Then there are crime dramas that are fodder for the late night talk show hosts.
File the case of Tony Lopez Perez under the latter.
Perez, a restaurant chef, will stand trial this week, being accused of murdering Cori Desmond, a popular waitress in Torrance, California.
The body of Desmond, who was last seen alive at a Redondo Beach restaurant, was found last year stuffed into a bag and dumped in the snow near a San Bernardino County highway, about 100 miles away.
According to reports, a driver who pulled into a turnout on the west side of Highway 330 near mile marker 38 in Running Springs, reported seeing what he believed to be a human foot protruding from a bag.
Perez became a suspect in the case after a tipster reported seeing Perez 'scrubbing and cleaning out his vehicle.' So what did this mastermind criminal tell police after being implicated in Desmond's murder?
According to a search warrant affidavit filed Nov. 25, Perez told detectives he found Desmond's body lying next to his Dodge Durango outside his apartment. Perez claimed he put the body in a duffel bag, placed it in his vehicle, went to work at the Spitfire Grill in Santa Monica and then transported it 80 miles.
The article states, Perez had worked a shift at Beaches, a restaurant and bar in Manhattan Beach, before going to Bac Street Lounge in Redondo Beach about 11 p.m. to see friends. Police believe Perez had tried to pick up Desmond, who had left the bar, and after being rebuffed, killed the her.