Fort Worth

Third Fort Worth suspect arrested in killing of teen

A third suspect has been arrested in the January 12 killing of a 17-year-old girl during a home invasion on Bee Tree Lane in Fort Worth, police said.
A third suspect has been arrested in the January 12 killing of a 17-year-old girl during a home invasion on Bee Tree Lane in Fort Worth, police said.

A third suspect was in custody Sunday in the home invasion execution-style killing of a 17-year-old girl and the wounding of her boyfriend.

Jail records identified the suspect as Israel Ruiz, arrested Friday. Daquarias Dennis, 18, of Fort Worth and Aaron Rios, 19, of Fort Worth also have been arrested. Police on Sunday were still searching for a fourth suspect in the killing, the city’s first in 2016.

Ruiz, 17, of Fort Worth was in the Mansfield Jail on Sunday in lieu of $1 million bail and faces a charge of capital murder.

The victim was identified as Nancy Mata, 17. She was pronounced dead Jan. 12, after robbers went to a house on Bee Tree Lane seeking money and drugs, police have said.

Investigators said they believe that just after entering the home the robbers began assaulting Ricardo Casteneda Jr., 24, and one fired numerous rounds, striking him several times. Casteneda tried to flee but was run down by the robbers and shot again and again, left bleeding on the floor.

The men then turned their attention to Mata, police said.

Mata, a former Paschal High School student, was questioned by the robbers about where to find drugs and money, and she provided them the information, police said.

“The suspects killed her execution-style,” homicide Sgt. Joe Loughman has told the Star-Telegram.

After shooting her, the suspects stole drugs, money, jewelry, electronics and other property from the home before fleeing in a vehicle.

Casteneda ran for help from neighbors after the men fled, police have said. He remains hospitalized.

Dennis was arrested a few days after the killing and was in the Tarrant County Jail on Sunday with bail set at $1 million.

On Thursday, Rios, armed with a handgun, was arrested by patrol and fugitive officers, Loughman said. He was in the Mansfield Jail on Sunday in lieu of $1 million bail.

At the time of the slaying, Dennis was on the fourth day of a 10-year deferred adjudication probation sentence for aggravated robbery and burglary of a habitation. Prosecutors filed petitions to revoke his probation Tuesday, court records show, alleging he violated it by knowingly possessing a gun Jan. 12.

Rios has no convictions in Tarrant County, court records show.

This report contains information from Star-Telegram archives

Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763, @mingoramirezjr

Related stories from Fort Worth Star Telegram

  Comments