Body found in Dallas residence
DALLAS – Yesterday, a Dallas police spokesman fired off a series of tweets announcing that a woman’s body was found in a northwest Dallas home.
On Thursday, department spokeswoman Melinda Gutierrez says the case is indeed a homicide, the result of a planned kidnapping, robbery and murder that didn't go exactly as the suspects had in mind.
An arrest affidavit says Ruth Barradas, 32, Valentin Carus, 39, and Angelica Cruz-Martinez, 28, all "conspired, plotted and pre-planned the robbery, abduction and killing" of Oliva Arvizu and an as-of-yet unidentified man “because of their financial status.”
The disturbance call reported two men fighting at a home in the 9900 block of Bowman Blvd. at about 12:30 p.m. When police arrived, they found Arvizu, 33, dead. The male victim escaped through a window, Gutierrez said. The medical examiner says Arvizu died of blunt force trauma to the head.
According to an arrest affidavit, the three suspects befriended the victims and "lured" the two to the residence. They doused them with pepper spray and struck them with "large pieces of a steel jack" and other blunt items.
When the male victim fled through a window, the affidavit says Carus followed him. When Carus caught up with the man, he beat him over the head with the steel jack while demanding money, the document says.
Barradas soon joined, attempting to help her accomplice drag the man back inside the home, the affidavit says. Witnesses saw this assault and called police to report the disturbance.
When authorities arrived, Carus and Barradas were nearby and arrested. Cruz-Martinez, however, has thus far eluded capture. Initially, the affidavit says the two apprehended suspects played it off as they were witnesses, pinning the crime on the male victim, whose name was redacted from the affidavit.
Carus and Barradas were taken to the Crimes Against Persons office located in police headquarters south of downtown. After questioning, investigators identified them as suspects and charged them with capital murder. Cruz-Martinez is also charged with this. The two in custody are jailed at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center on $1 million bond each.
The department has not elaborated about the “financial status” of the victims.
If you have any details that can help police find Cruz-Martinez, you’re asked to call Det. Shinn at 214.283.4812 or Crime Stoppers at 214.373.TIPS.
Ed. note: Dallas polcie initially sent the wrong photo of Cruz-Martinez. The correct one is now pictured above this story.