Following the murders of Colorado Springs high school students Natalie Partida, 16, and Derek Benjamin Greer, 15, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office initially detained 19-year-old Gustavo Marquez as its primary suspect.
On Saturday, as the funeral service for victim Derek Greer was taking place, the sheriff’s office announced the arrest of four additional suspects in connection with the double homicide.
Diego Chacon, Joseph Rodriguez, Marco Antonio Garcia-Bravo, and Alexandra Romero were all handed charges related to the murders of the Coronado High School students.
A statement circulating on behalf of El Paso County glimpsed into the histories of two of the newly arrested suspects. Chacon, 18, has a history of prior weapons and drug charges, while 18-year-old Rodriguez was previously detained on kidnapping charges.
All four suspects were booked on an array of charges, including multiple counts of first-degree homicide, second-degree kidnapping, aggravated robbery, and child abuse.
In addition, nearly a month before the murders took place, the first suspect, Marquez, was booked on charges related to a Feb. 24 domestic violence incident involving the mother of his child. That victim told police Marquez attempted to choke her, break her fingers, and force her into his vehicle.
The bodies of Partida and Greer were discovered in the south Colorado Springs district of Fountain along the shoulder of Old Pueblo Road. A man driving the road noticed the bodies and informed authorities.
As investigators continue to search for additional clues in the case, El Paso County is asking anyone with information to call 719-390-5555.
H/T: Fox News
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