Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Puerto Rico: Update--Ohioan, 41, Stabbed, Killed in Rincón, NEVER Confront a Cornered Assailant

According to http://www.whio.com, a federal judge in Puerto Rico imposed a 160-year prison sentence on Monday (May 12) in connection with the December 2013 stabbing death of Brett Walquist, 41, who worked

Juan P. Carela Acevedo, 22, tragically stabbed Brett when the Ohioan walked in on the intruder on December 30, and was stabbed at least three times during a struggle in the middle of the night. 

Brett, his wife, Gerry, and their two children had rented an apartment in the beach town of Rincón in late December.

Judge Jaime Rodríguez convicted Carela of first-degree murder and aggravated burglary in a non-jury trial, according to The Associated Press. He was promptly incarcerated for an unprecedented 160 years.
 
COMMENT: Brett Walquist's wife, Gerry, was in Aguadilla on Monday, testifying at the sentencing hearing. 



Carela reportedly used a knife from the kitchen to end Brett's life.

This next part I'd particularly like for our readers to remember, as this is so very important.

First of all, even though the assailant in this case was very young, he had been arrested on drug charges and burglary. 

If at all possible, NEVER attempt to prevent a potentially armed criminal who is bent on committing a crime.

ALWAYS give assailants a way of escaping, so that all crime victims can live another day.

Another lesson-learned from this tragedy is that Brett's wife, Gerry, having just seen her husband killed, instinctively rushed Carela, who escaped through a window. Not a good choice.

Imagine if Gerry had been killed as well? How would both parents' deaths have benefited the family? Fortunately the couple's two children were not injured, but they could have been.

Police said they were able to identify Carela as a prime suspect after they reviewed several surveillance cameras close to the resort where the Walquist family had been staying. 

During the attack, the suspect left a baseball cap with a wooden brim at the apartment. Surveillance camera footage captured images similar to Carela's description.


Walquist and his family arrived in Puerto Rico on December 17 for an extended vacation. Brett died on December 30.


Mr. Walquist had worked for J&B Importers, a national wholesale distributor of bicycles, parts and accessories.


Memorial contributions for Walquist's two children can be made online at:

http://www.youcaring.com/BrettWalquistFund. If you're able to help this family, please do so.


The 22-year-old man convicted of killing Brett Walquist of Beavercreek, during a break-in at an apartment in Puerto Rico that the Walquist family rented for a family vacation, has been sentenced to 160 years in prison.
Juan P. Carela Acevedo, found guilty Monday of stabbing Walquist to death in December in the western Puerto Rican beach town of Rincon, was sentenced immediately by Judge Jaime Rodriguez.Carela was convicted of murder in a non-jury trial, according to the Associated Press.
Brett Walquist's wife, Gerry, was in Aguadilla on Monday, testifying at the sentencing hearing, her parents said Monday night.
Police said Walquist was killed Dec. 30 when an assailant broke into his family's vacation apartment complex in Rincon, a town that attracts surfers and divers from around the world. 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.
Police said the intruder used a knife from the kitchen.
Before the intruder fled, Gerry Walquist rushed and grabbed him, but he got away and escaped through a window. Neither she nor the couple's two children were injured.
Police said they were able to identify Acevedo as a prime suspect after they reviewed several security cameras close to the resort where the Walquist family was staying. During the attack, the suspect left a baseball cap with a wooden brim at the apartment, and surveillance video captured images similar to Acevedo's description, police said.
Walquist and his family arrived in Puerto Rico on Dec. 17 for an extended vacation.
He 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, Mich., which is now run by his brother.
Memorial contributions for Walquist's two children can be made online at www.youcaring.com/BrettWalquistFund.
- See more at: http://www.whio.com/news/news/crime-law/killer-brett-walquist-puerto-rico-gets-160-years/nftqJ/#sthash.60R0Y7xp.dpuf



The 22-year-old man convicted of killing Brett Walquist of Beavercreek, during a break-in at an apartment in Puerto Rico that the Walquist family rented for a family vacation, has been sentenced to 160 years in prison.
Juan P. Carela Acevedo, found guilty Monday of stabbing Walquist to death in December in the western Puerto Rican beach town of Rincon, was sentenced immediately by Judge Jaime Rodriguez.Carela was convicted of murder in a non-jury trial, according to the Associated Press.
Brett Walquist's wife, Gerry, was in Aguadilla on Monday, testifying at the sentencing hearing, her parents said Monday night.
Police said Walquist was killed Dec. 30 when an assailant broke into his family's vacation apartment complex in Rincon, a town that attracts surfers and divers from around the world. 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.
Police said the intruder used a knife from the kitchen.
Before the intruder fled, Gerry Walquist rushed and grabbed him, but he got away and escaped through a window. Neither she nor the couple's two children were injured.
Police said they were able to identify Acevedo as a prime suspect after they reviewed several security cameras close to the resort where the Walquist family was staying. During the attack, the suspect left a baseball cap with a wooden brim at the apartment, and surveillance video captured images similar to Acevedo's description, police said.
Walquist and his family arrived in Puerto Rico on Dec. 17 for an extended vacation.
He 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, Mich., which is now run by his brother.
Memorial contributions for Walquist's two children can be made online at www.youcaring.com/BrettWalquistFund.
- See more at: http://www.whio.com/news/news/crime-law/killer-brett-walquist-puerto-rico-gets-160-years/nftqJ/#sthash.qBhe7Z5G.dpua man convicted of killing an Ohio tourist during a break-in at an apartment rented for a family vacation.