Investigators named a man with a history of mental illness a suspect in the shooting and stabbing deaths of a mother and her two adult sons.
Javier Orlando Carrasquillo, 28, was arrested on an unrelated charge of resisting arrest after investigators located him in a Seminole County mental health facility Thursday.
Deputies had taken him to the facility after they found him walking around in bloody clothing Monday, taunting them to shoot him.
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Carmen Negron, 63, and sons Gilberto Vergara-Negron, 28, and Yamir Orlando Vergara-Negron, 26, were found dead Monday night in their Orange City home by a friend who’d come for a Bible study.
Carrasquillo knew the two sons, and occasionally went to their home to ask for rides, said Lt. Gordon Meyer of the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
The Spanish-speaking Jehovah’s Witnesses congregations to which the Negrons belonged had tried to help Carrasquillo with a drug problem, church elder Eugenio Muriel said.
Deputies were working to match the man’s fingerprints to the Negron’s 1995 Honda Civic DX, which was found Tuesday in Orlando, about 25 miles away.
Negron, who moved her family to the United States from Puerto Rico about 10 years ago, was a widow who stayed at home taking care of her family, friends and neighbors said.
Gilberto Vergara-Negron worked at a Seminole County car rental agency to support both his mother and Yamir Vergara-Negron, who was studying to be a paramedic at a local community college.
Carrasquillo was being held without bail at the Seminole County jail. It could not immediately be determined whether he had an attorney.