Police arrest man in Morrison, Illinois on Iowa murder charges


PERRY, Iowa (AP) – Police have arrested a man in Illinois on murder charges from Iowa.

Police in Perry, Iowa, announced Monday that officers in Morrison, Illinois, charged 24-year-old Carlos Marlo Hernandez-Ventura on Sunday with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder. He was held in the Whiteside County Jail in Morrison, a city near the Mississippi River, 210 miles east of Perry.

Authorities will seek to return Hernandez-Ventura to Dallas County, Iowa, to face charges in the deaths of 34-year-old Lourdes Flor De Leak and her daughter, 14-year-old Melany Elizabeth Barraz. All three lived at a Perry home where the bodies of Flor De Leak and Barraz were found Saturday night.

A 78-year-old man, whose name wasn’t released, was found injured at the home. He’s hospitalized in critical condition.

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