The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office reports it has arrested Luis Toledo, the husband of missing 28-year old Deltona mother Yessenia Suarez, on a second-degree murder charge. Sheriff’s spokesperson Gary Davidson says Toledo told investigators that he is “…trained in martial arts and knows how to deliver strikes” and that Suarez, “…became aggressive [during an argument Tuesday night] and so he struck her in the throat with an open hand and she subsequently died from the blow.” The Sheriff’s Office says Toledo has not said where the body of Suarez is at and that the 31-year old man “…has implicated someone else…” in the deaths of the children. The Sheriff’s Office adds that the search for the bodies of Suarez and her two children is ongoing.
Family reported “violent squabbles”
The Sheriff’s Office also reports that Suarez had “apparently” been talking about leaving Toledo, and that investigators with the Sheriff’s Office Major Case Unit were told by the family of “…violent squabbles between the two that were never reported to law enforcement.” Last Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Office says Toledo showed up at Suarez’s workplace in Lake Mary, “…to confront her and a co-worker who she had been seeing.” Toledo is said to have left the location though, after “…slapping Suarez in the face.”
Deputies called to check Suarez home Wednesday
Davidson says Volusia County Sheriff’s Deputies were called Wednesday morning by Suarez’s mother to check on Suarez and her son and daughter. As deputies were at the Deltona home, Toledo arrived and said he had left the house Tuesday night around 10 after arguing with Suarez, but returned around 11 and slept in his car. The Sheriff’s Office said he claimed Suarez and the children were not at home when he woke up Wednesday morning around 8. He said he then went to work, but returned to the home when he realized he had left his wallet. Deputies arrested Toledo at that time on the Tuesday night battery charge from Lake Mary Police.
Blood at Deltona home
However, after arresting Toledo, deputies also spoke with a neighbor who said Toledo had asked him for “…help dropping off his wife’s car…” around 6 Wednesday morning. The Sheriff’s Office reported previously that one of Suarez’s cars was found at the home in Deltona on Wednesday, and the other car was found Wednesday at a Publix in Lake Mary. Davidson added that a search of the Deltona home afterwards, “…confirmed the presence of blood.”
Sheriff’s investigators took their findings in the case to Volusia County Court Judge Bryan Feigenbaum, who issued an arrest warrant for Toledo on the second-degree murder charge Monday night. The Sheriff’s Office says detectives also met with the Suarez family Monday night to inform them of the arrest. Toledo is being held at the Volusia County Branch Jail without bond.
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