OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — The Osceola County Sheriff's Office has arrested Kevin Christopher Torres of Kissimmee in connection with a triple homicide reported early Tuesday morning at an apartment complex at the intersection of Gardner Lane and Royal Palm Drive in Buena Ventura Lakes, authorities said.
Torres, 41, faces 18 total charges, including three for murder.
Other charges include: home invasion with a firearm, burglary, kidnapping, false imprisonment, aggravated assault, aggravated child abuse, abuse of a dead human body and tampering with evidence.
What You Need To Know
- Kevin Christopher Torres was arrested in Osceola County in connection with a triple homicide
- Torres faces 18 total charges, including three counts of murder
- Torres told investigators how the murders were committed, Sheriff Marcos Lopez says
- The victims in the case were two adult men and a 16-year-old boy
Osceola County Sheriff Marcos Lopez said Torres gave investigators a full confession to the murders.
Authorities identified the victims as Justin Atkinson, 43, Anthony Mull, 25, and Calvin Atkinson, 16.
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office had named Torres as a person of interest and brought him in for questioning. Torres was arrested in Orange County on charges of grand theft auto and armed burglary to an occupied dwelling.
Deputies were first called to the complex at about 6:50 a.m. Tuesday by one of the deceased’s family members and a witness, authorities said. When deputies arrived, they reported finding two men dead in an apartment.
Soon after, deputies found the body of a third individual in a building farther back behind the apartment where the first two victims were discovered, Osceola County Sheriff Marcos Lopez said.
The witness who initially called the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office also identified a person of interest, investigators said.
“It’s unknown why these individuals, these victims have been killed, but we do have a person of interest," Lopez said Tuesday.
The victims’ deaths appear to be the result of gunshot wounds, Lopez said.
Steven S. Paul, who has been working as the contractor on the building for the past few weeks, said this complex has had a lot of issues with broken windows, stolen property and gunfire. But he said it was a shock pulling up for work Tuesday morning and seeing the area blocked off, and getting the news that three people had been killed.
“I’m truly sad, truly sad,” Paul said. “I happen to know them from the last five weeks, seeing them around. It’s truly sad.”
Investigators located Torres in Orange County, where he had reportedly barricaded himself inside a car. Orange County deputies took Torres into custody after he eventually surrendered to them.
“Since he has a no-bond, he’s a person of interest in these homicides, we’re going to bring him back here (Osceola County) and talk to him, see if he wants to talk to us,” Lopez said.
Investigators said they hope to gather more information about what happened.
The Osceola County Sheriff's Office has said deputies are not currently searching for suspects.
This is a developing story and more information will be posted as it becomes available.