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Police Arrest Man In Brutal Murder Of Nashville 12-Year-Old

Posted: 4:26 PM, Sep 25, 2017
Updated: 2017-09-25 20:44:04-04
Police Arrest Man In Brutal Murder Of Nashville 12-Year-Old
Police Arrest Man In Brutal Murder Of Nashville 12-Year-Old

Metro Nashville Police officials arrested a man in the death of 12-year-old Yhoana Arteaga.

Officials with the Metro Nashville Police Department made the announcement during a press conference Monday.

Officers arrested 45-year-old Roy Coons. According to police, Coons lived two doors down from the Arteaga family.

Yhoana was killed on August 10. Police said the last time she was seen alive was when she and her mother had lunch together that day at 12:30 p.m. Her mom then received a text message from her at 5:30 p.m. saying there was someone knocking on the door of the home.

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Police said her mom and two siblings returned home around 6:45 p.m. and found Yhoana dead.

Detectives said their preliminary investigation had led them to believe she knew her killer.

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According to police officials, scientific evidence connected Coons to the murder. 

A grand jury returned a multi-count indictment charging Coons with first degree premeditated murder, two counts of first degree felony murder, attempted rape of a child and especially aggravated burglary.