A registered sex offender with a history of pedophilia has been arrested and charged with strangling to death his 21-year-old girlfriend in Las Vegas.
Investigators say 38-year-old Robert Roginsky murdered Laura Guden inside their apartment in downtown Las Vegas shortly before 9pm last Thursday.
Police were summoned to the couple's home by concerned neighbors who heard screams coming from the apartment.
Responding officers forced their way inside and found Roginsky and an unresponsive Guden, who was pronounced dead at a the scene.
According to an arrest report, the 21-year-old victim was naked and had defensive injuries to both her hands, including broken fingernails, suggesting that she had fought for her life.
When questioned by police, Roginsky claimed that his girlfriend was a victim of a drug deal gone awry.
He told detectives that his girlfriend was raped and strangled by a drug dealer named David.
Roginsky said David and another man kidnapped him after the killing and took him to an unknown location, the Las Vegas Review Journal reported.
But at one point he admitted to choking her. Neighbors also told cops that they didn't see anyone come in or out of the property during the day.
During the interview, the 38-year-old suffered an unspecified medical episode and had to be hospitalized for treatment.
Roginsky was later booked into the Clark County Detention Center without bail on one count of open murder.
Court records indicate that the 38-year-old man is a Level 2 registered sex offender who served time in prison after being convicted in 2008 of lewdness with an 11-year-old.
Roginsky was sentenced to 10 years but was released on parole in 2011 after serving only four years.
In 2014, he was convicted of violating the conditions of his supervised release by launching an online business under a fake name, Robert Bailey
Roginsky pleaded guilty in that case and was again given probation.
Laura Guden's sister told the station KLAS their family did not know about Robert Roginsky's criminal past, and Laura herself also may have been in the dark about it.
According to a GoFundMe campaign launched by Laura Guden's grieving mother, her murder comes just two months after the death of her beloved brother, Michael Guden.
Laura’s sister Agna paid tribute to her slain sibling on Facebook on Tuesday, writing: ‘I hope wherever you are there are a bunch of kittens waiting for you<3 I love you and wish I had the chance to tell you that more often.’
Her close friend Rob Siklok Bastian, a Las Vegas DJ and club promoter, had a strong message for Laura’s accused killer: ‘I hope that you live the rest of your life incarcerated thinking about all the damage you've done,’ reported News 3 LV.
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