WA - A 15-year-old girl has been charged with second-degree murder in the April 4 stabbing death of Noe Pena, 49.
Deputies had an encounter with the suspect before learning about Pena's death. Around 12:30 a.m. on the night of Pena's death, his neighbor called 911 to report a very drunk teenage girl had broken a window and was pounding on the door.
Police arrived to find the teen intoxicated and belligerent, bleeding from the wrist.The girl was taken to hospital and released to her mother the next morning. Police noted that she had $150 in her purse.
Four days later, the victim's body was discovered in his home after a co-worker called deputies say Pena hadn't shown up for work for three days.
Deputies found the man in his garage, with a single fatal stab wound to his chest. The garage door was open, but his body had been concealed by a garbage can and a lawn mower.
The murder weapon, a knife, was found near the body. A fingerprint was found on the knife, which led detectives to the suspect.
The girl said she had a prearranged prostitution date with Pena on Friday, April 4. She was to be paid $120 for sex. The suspect went to his house with him and started drinking whiskey with him but then changed her mind about having sex and called friends to come get her. She and Pena argued and went into the garage.
The girl said Pena grabbed her by the hair in the garage, forcing her to punch him. But Pena was not bleeding when she left, she said.
When investigators told her there was blood found inside the house, the suspect conceded that she "might have grabbed something" which, she later admitted, was a knife from a shelf in the garage.
The suspect said she "might have struck him" during the scuffle because she though Pena had something "sharp" or "shiny" in his hand.
She told detectives she later returned and went through the victim's pockets to remove evidence but denied taking any money. She said she also took his laptop, fearing the police would find her information on it.