ANDOVER, S.D. (KSFY) - Authorities have identified the woman who died in a house fire in Andover last week.
Jose Quinones Rodriguez; Photo courtesy of the Day County Sheriff's Office
According to the Attorney General's Office, the victim was 25-year-old Tawny Rockwood of Andover.
The fire happened at Rockwood's apartment near Main Street and 2nd Avenue around 1:30 a.m. Friday, February 9. A passerby saw smoke and flames coming from the four-unit apartment building and called police.
Authorities said they have also arrested 36-year-old Jose Quinones Rodriguez of Aberdeen for domestic aggravated assault in connection to the investigation for conduct that happened prior to the fire.
He is being held on a $50,000 cash only bond.
According to court documents, Rockwood and Quinones Rodriguez had a sexual relationship for four months. There had been a history of verbal arguments between the two, and he once allegedly pointed a handgun at her.
Authorities said Rockwood confided in people who spoke with police that she had been threatened or was in fear of Quinones Rodriguez.
He recently went to Texas on warrants or charges and, according to court documents, Rockwood repeatedly called a hotline number to make sure Quinones Rodriguez was still in custody in fear he would return to South Dakota.
Rockwood worked at a strip club. Co-workers told police she was nervous about Quinones Rodriguez coming to the club and did not go into work the entire week of February 5-8.
Quinones Rodriguez confirmed to authorities that he was at Rockwood's apartment on February 7-8. According to court documents, his daughter received a call from Rockwood's phone from Quinones Rodriguez. The daughter could hear Rockwood crying in the background.
The case is being investigated by the Day County Sheriff's Office, the Aberdeen Police Department, the South Dakota Highway Patrol, the State Fire Marshall’s Office, the ATF and the Division of Criminal Investigation.