Saturday, January 11, 2014

Puerto Rico: Updated--Assailant in Stabbing Death of Ohioan, 41, Held on $1.3 Million Bond

According to The Norwalk Reflector and The Associated Press, Puerto Rican Juan Carela Acevedo, 21, accused of stabbing Ohioan Brett Walquist, 41, of Beavercreek, OH, to death in Rincón, a western Puerto Rican beach town, is being held on a $1.3 million bond following his court appearance. 
Homicide police said in a Sunday statement that Juan Carela Acevedo, 21, has been charged in the fatal stabbing of 41-year-old Brett Walquist of Beavercreek, OH. They announced his arrest on Saturday after Acevedo was apprehended by police while staying at a friend's home in a public housing complex.
COMMENT: Police have reported that Walquist was stabbed to death on December 30 when an assailant broke into his family's vacation apartment. Walquist apparently walked in on the intruder in the kitchen and was stabbed at least three times during a struggle in the middle of the night.
Before the intruder fled the apartment, Walquist's wife, Gerry, rushed to her husband's side and grabbed Acevedo, but managed to escape through a window. Neither she nor the couple's two children were injured in the attack.
Acevedo is being held in the Guerrero jail in Aguadilla after he appeared before Judge José Morales Colón. Acevedo is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated burglary, destruction of evidence and a weapon's offense.
In a video posted on, Acevedo apologized to the Walquist family while he was being escorted by police on Saturday.
Walquist, his family, his father, Carl, and his sister's family spent the holiday vacationing in Puerto Rico. The Walquist were scheduled to leave on December 30.
Walquist worked in Beavercreek as the Midwest representative for J&B Importers, a national wholesale distributor of bicycles, parts and accessories. He previously worked in his family's business, Alger Bikes in Grand Rapids, MI, which is now run by his brother.
Contributions for Walquist's two children can be made at one of the services, any Macatawa Bank location or online at: