One Dead After Truck Ride From Azteca Store
LABELLE, FL. -- At 1:46 a.m., November 24, the Hendry County Sheriff's Office received a report of a robbery south of LaBelle off State Road 29 and after talking with a victim found that one of the other victims was missing.
According to one of the victims, Jose Lopez Francisco, age 29, and a friend Jose Cruz, age 20, were picked up at the Azteca Store, on State Road 29 by two white females and two black males, and promised a ride home.
Instead, they were driven to a remote area located off E Road three miles south of LaBelle, where he and Cruz were told to exit the vehicle. As they exited the vehicle they were struck with bottles and beaten until they gave up all their money and shoes.
The four suspects then drove away, leaving Francisco and Cruz in the middle of the roadway. Francisco then walked back to his residence, leaving Cruz in the roadway.
Body Discovered In Woods
When Deputies arrived at the scene, they were unable to locate Cruz, however, at approximately 6:45 a.m., his body was discovered in a wooded area off of E Road.
Sheriff Ronnie Lee said Investigators worked long hours, some over 30 hours straight, until all four suspects were found.
Arrested were Josefa Estela Osorio, age 20 of 612 Lopez Street Clewiston, Virgen Osorio, age 19 of 550 South Lopez Street Apartment #18 Clewiston, James Henry Williams, age 18 of 455 Clay Street LaBelle, and Jaquil Williams, age 18 of 475 Clay Street LaBelle.
All four were charged with Murder, Robbery, and Aggravated Battery. All suspects remain in the Hendry County Jail with No Bond.