A man was arrested Monday for the brutal killing of a 12-year-old girl, who was murdered inside her own home, back in August.
CBS reports 45-year-old Roy D. Coons, the victim’s neighbor, was indicted by a grand jury on first-degree murder, first-degree premeditated murder and attempted rape of a child and aggravated burglary charges.
Coons lived two doors away from Yhoana Arteaga, whose body was found inside her family’s mobile home in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. Earlier in the day, the girl had lunch with her mother, reports CBS affiliate WTVF. Later, around 5:30 pm, she texted her mother that someone was knocking at the door. According to Fox17, Arteaga was home alone and was on crutches after being injured in a skating accident.
An hour later, Arteaga’s siblings and her mother found her body. Police said the girl’s clothing was in disarray and that she had suffered blunt force trauma. Police told WTVF scientific evidence linked Coons to the murder. Although, because there wasn’t any forced entry into the home, detectives suspected Arteaga knew her killer from the start.
Her death shocked the community and even police.
"This is a horrible, brutal thing. I've never seen anything this brutal in my entire career," Nashville Sgt. David Kautzman said.
The GoFundMe "Friends of Yhoana" said the murdered girl was "kind, polite, caring, fun, intelligent, and beautiful she will be remembered as a wonderful daughter and great friend to all who knew her."
“The murder of Yhoana Arteaga was shocking to this community, including members of this police department,” Chief Steve Anderson said during Monday’s press conference. “This afternoon, we have been able to bring about relief to the Old Dickerson Pike neighborhood and Nashville as a whole. I am grateful to our team of detectives, crime scene experts, and importantly, the scientists in the TBI and MNPD crime laboratories for the countless hours of work on this case since August 10.”