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A California woman and her boyfriend have been arrested after authorities say the couple killed three people at a home where she was staying in what appears to be a rent dispute.
Jordan Guzman, 20, and her boyfriend Anthony McCloud, 18, are now each facing three counts of murder after the three victims—including a mother and daughter—were discovered in a Hemet home Wednesday night, according to a statement from the Hemet Police.
Authorities were called to the home around 8:50 p.m. in reference to a “female in the home covered in blood” after the husband of one of the victims came home from work and discovered the women.
When authorities arrived at the scene of the two-story home, they found three dead victims inside. Police have identified them as Wendy Lopez-Araiza, 46, Genesis Lopez-Araiza, 21, and Trinity Clyde, 18.
Hemet Police Sgt. Gabriel Gomez told Oxygen.com that authorities are not releasing how the victims died or the suspected motive in the slayings at this time.
However, in a press conference held shortly after the discovery, Hemet Police Chief Eddie Pust said investigators believe the deaths were related to a rent dispute, according to Fox News.
He also said there had been evidence of blunt force trauma and strangulation.
“This is a tragic, horrific incident,” he said.
Gomez told Oxygen.com that Guzman had been living at the home of the Lopez-Araizas at the time of the killings. Her boyfriend had also reportedly been seen at the house “previously that evening,” police said in the statement.
When investigators arrived at the scene, they realized Guzman and McCloud were missing along with Clyde’s Hyundai Sonata.
Authorities learned the couple had a “possible Las Vegas connection” and alerted Nevada authorities to be on the lookout for the stolen car. The couple was later discovered and arrested in Las Vegas, where they are being held on a $2 million bail while they await extradition.
Clyde had reportedly been visiting the family at the time of the slayings, local station KTTV reports.
Her father Rodney Clyde told KNBC that his daughter had been planning to move into the home as well.
“I just bought her paint yesterday,” he said. “That was my baby. That was my kid.”
Wendy’s brother, Tim Mead, also told the station that he and some family members had gone into the house after the killings to collect some belongings and were horrified by what they saw.
“It was like walking through a horror film,” he said.
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