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Daytona Beach Police Arrest Man In Grisly Bike Week Double Murder
Jean Macean was arrested in Orlando and charged with the murders of Terry And Brenda Aultman in Daytona Beach.
Daytona Beach police have made an arrest in the murders of a married couple over the weekend.
Daytona Beach Police Chief Jakari Young announced that Jean Robert Macean, 32, was arrested for the murders of Terry Aultman, 48, and Brenda Aultman, 55, on Sunday morning. Macean was apprehended in Orlando at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday morning by a task force that included United States Marshals Service, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the Orlando Police Department, according to a DBPD press release.
The arrest came less than 24 hours after police had offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case and just two days after they'd released photos and a video of a man they called a "person of interest" in the case.
“This was one of the most brutal murders I’ve ever seen in my 20-plus years as a police officer in Daytona Beach,” Young said in the press release announcing Macean's arrest.
Macean was booked into the Orange County Jail in Orlando on two counts of first-degree murder on Thursday to await extradition to Volusia County.
Young announced on Friday morning that Macean had allegedly confessed to the murders while speaking with investigators on Thursday evening.
It's unclear if Macean has obtained legal representation in the case.
The bodies of Terry and Brenda Aultman were found by two passersby around 2:00 a.m. on Sunday in a residential neighborhood near the Atlantic Ocean in Daytona Beach. Both reportedly had their throats slashed and had multiple stab wounds, and two bicycles were lying nearby.
The Volusia County Medical Examiner has since ruled both deaths were homicides.
The Aultman's were reportedly attending the city's Bike Week festivities on the night of their murders; Bike Week is a multi-day "motorcycle event" that's in its 81st year.
“We can’t rule out that this may be totally random," Young told Daytona ABC affiliate WFTV the day after the murders “But if it is totally random, the person responsible has to be deranged.”
Police have not released an alleged motive in the murders or stated whether the Aultmans and Macean had previously been acquainted.
Brenda Aultman's daughter, Sara Turner, wrote in a GoFundMe post to raise month for the Aultmans' funeral expenses that her mother and stepfather had only purchased their home in Daytona Beach six months before their deaths, calling it their "dream home." Turner told the Daytona News-Journal that the couple had been living in an R.V. before buying the home and that, before that, they'd lived in Jacksonville.
In the video of the person of interest released by police on Tuesday, the man in question (who police now believe was Macean) is seen around 12:09 am on Sunday walking east along the south side Seabreeze Blvd. near the corner of Grandview. The Aultmans' bodies were found just two blocks away on North Wild Olive Ave. and Riverview Blvd.