UPDATE: 4 arrested in Red Bank murder
RED BANK, HAMILTON COUNTY (WRCB) -- New details surfaced Monday morning about a murder in Red Bank. It was gruesome, the first reported suspect didn't act alone, and police say it wasn't random.
Four arrests have now been made in the murder of 27-year-old Jordan Collins. Monday police say one of the accused killers, is Collins' former roommate.
"Signs of forced entry to the residence were evident," says Red Bank Police Chief, Tim Christol. "The victim appeared to have been violently beaten to death."
Details of the scene inside the home on Redding Road are chilling. Even more heartbreaking is how the body of Jordan Collins was found.
"One of his friends came over early that morning," says Sergeant Dan Knight, with Red Bank Police. "Then the father showed up, he's the one that actually went into the residence and found his son."
Police say Collins was lying in a pool of blood. His friends and family describe him as a loving son and grandson. Through close friend, Kevin Wilkes, Collins' parents released a short statement.
"It is difficult to understand why something so senseless has to happen," says Wilkes. "The family will continue to place their faith in God and lean on him for peace and comfort."
Police say four suspects came to the home between 11:00 p.m. Friday and 3:00 a.m. Saturday with the intent to rob Collins.
They stole his laptop and credit cards, which they immediately began using.
"Excessive credit card use at a Kangaroo gas station," says Sgt. Knight. "Then we were able to track the cards, and find out they were also used at Wal-Mart."
Six hours after the crime was first reported, police arrested 19-year-old Zachary Hughes, 27-year-old Jeremy Reinig, 16-year-old Markel Mitchell, and 19-year-old Lorenzo Bell.
While Markel Mitchell is only 16, he is emancipated as an adult. He's charged with homicide and fraud.
Hughes is Collins' former roommate. In court Monday, Judge Johnny Houston appointed public defenders. Lorenzo Bell is the only suspect not charged with homicide. He's facing one count of credit card fraud.
"This has been and will continue to be a very difficult time for everyone who cared for Jordan," Wilkes says. "Especially his parents and grandparents."
Police say the suspects are all from Red Bank, and are friends. It's possible more arrests could come. All suspects have criminal histories, including some violent charges.
Funeral arrangement for the victim have not been set.