After five students at the Homestead Job Corps campus took part in the brutal murder of 17-year-old Jose Amaya Guardado, two stayed behind to have sex in the woods, according to new details released after the arrest of the fourth suspect in the case.
Kaheem Arbelo, 20, Jonathan Lucas, 18, and Christian Colon, 19, were all arrested last week, and police say they confessed to the crimes on camera. Their arrest reports remain sealed by the courts, but yesterday police arrested 18-year-old
Guardado was last seen on June
The group of five, known as bullies around campus, had already laid a trap for Guardado. They had previously dug a hole in the woods and hidden a machete nearby. On that hot June night, they lured Guardado into the woods and then ambushed him. He was struck several times with the machete by
According to her arrest report, Strickland had excused herself to go pee in the woods and returned to find that the attack had already begun. She complained to the group that she had missed the first of the machete blows.
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After the attack, the group burned the victim's belongings and their own clothes and disposed of the machete and shovel they had used to dig the grave.
Police haven't established a motive but believe it may have been linked to a debt Guardado owed to
While the other three cooperate with police, Strickland did not go into custody without a fight. She shoved and head-butted authorities, tried to pick the lock of her handcuffs with the screws from an electrical outlet, and sketched "MPD go to hell" into a table.
A fifth person is expected to be arrested soon. The four arrested all currently face second-degree murder, but those charges could be bumped up to first-degree murder.