Yessenia Suarez: Legal issues surround Luis Toledo's arrest
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Since: Feb 09
#1 Nov 5, 2013
> A Volusia County public defender says the man accused of murdering missing mother, Yessenia Toledo, should never have been arrested on
the domestic violence charges in the first place.
Public defender for the Seventh Judicial Court James Purdy said Lake Mary Police did not have the right to arrest Luis Toledo.
Purdy said it’s a mistake that could now have an effect on evidence admitted in court.
"This is an amazing faux paux. I mean when I look at it, I scratch my head as soon as I saw it,” said Purdy.
Purdy said he saw the problem in Toledo's arrest report on Oct. 24 at Yessenia Suarez's Deltona home.
He said Volusia County Sheriff's Office deputies detained Toledo after he allegedly slapped Suarez at her Lake Mary office the previous day.
They waited for Lake Mary Police to arrive, make the arrest and transfer him to the Volusia County jail.
But it was illegal, Purdy said, because Lake Mary Police have no jurisdiction in Volusia County, and the only authority they had at that time would have been
to make the arrest was as private citizens.
"Under Florida law, which follows the common law, a private citizen can only make an arrest for a misdemeanor if it occurs in their presence. So the arrest
itself was an illegal arrest," he said.
According to Purdy, Toledo's detention was also illegal because the arrest was illegal.
Toledo confessed to killing Suarez, investigators said, and told them he believed the children were dead, implicating another unidentified person.
But all of that information could have possibly been illegally obtained.
Purdy said the Public Defender's Office will file a motion to suppress evidence. <
Since: Feb 09
#2 Nov 6, 2013
Texas Equusearch helps in search for missing Deltona mother Yessenia Suarez, children
Nov 06, 2013
Texas Equusearch is helping the Volusia County Sheriff's Office in the search for missing mother Yessenia Suarez and her two children.
The search and recovery group, which helped in the search for Caylee Anthony, had employees in town Wednesday.
Once they have identified areas to search, Texas Equusearch will bring in 30-40 searchers Saturday, including some on horseback.
According to deputies, Suarez's family has also pointed out some areas they believe should be searched.
Suarez's husband, Luis Toledo, has admitted to killing her by striking her in the throat, according to deputies, but he has implicated someone else in the deaths of the kids, 9-year-old Thalia Otto and 8-year-old Michael Otto.
Searchers have already scoured areas and waterways near their home on Covent Gardens Place, but they have found no clues.
Deputies have asked the public for help. If anyone lives in the area of Covent Gardens Place or the Publix in Lake Mary, where her car was found, they're being asked to check if they have surveillance video that could help the case from the evening of Oct. 22 or the morning of Oct. 23
Read more: http://www.wesh.com/news/central-florida/volu...
Since: Feb 09
#3 Nov 8, 2013
Employer tried to hire off-duty deputy for missing Deltona mother Yessenia Suarez
By Claire Metz
Published 10:23 AM EST Nov 08, 2013
> The employer of a Deltona mother, who authorities said is dead, tried to hire an off-duty deputy to stay at the home where she was believed to be staying the night she went missing, WESH 2 News has learned.
Yessenia Suarez disappeared with her two children, Thalia Otto, 9, and Michael Otto, 8, on Oct. 22 following a domestic violence incident at her work place in Lake Mart earlier that day with husband Luis Toledo.
Sheriff's investigators later said Suarez and the children were dead though their bodies have still not been found. Toledo is charged in his wife's death, but has implicated someone else in the deaths of the children.
Investigators said the employer asked that a deputy be posted at Suarez' mother's home because of Toledo, but the sheriff's department said the request was too short notice.
However, deputies did several drive-bys that night, but it turns out Suarez did not stay at her mother's home. She instead went home with her husband.
Investigators said they believe sometime overnight she and the children were killed and dumped somewhere.
The search for their bodies continues. <
Since: Mar 11
isn't always a deal
#4 Nov 8, 2013
They need to offer him another chance at a mirror if he tells where he hid the bodies.
Since: Feb 09
#5 Nov 8, 2013
From your lips to God's ears.
Since: Feb 09
#6 Nov 8, 2013
Community gathers to support family of Yessenia Suarez.
Fund set up at TD Bank for family
By Claire Metz
UPDATED 11:26 PM EST Nov 08, 2013
> DELTONA, Fla.—A community came together on Friday to help support a grieving family still searching for a missing mother and her children.
Yessenia Suarez, 28, and her children, Thalia Otto, 9, and Michael Otto, 8, disappeared more than two weeks ago and are presumed dead.
Her husband, Luis Toledo, is charged in her death, but there is still no sign of her or her children's bodies.
"We need this family to rest," a pastor said.
The pastor at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church asked the congregation to focus prayer toward Suarez. Her family and friends sat at the front of the church.
"We need this stage to end, and we need the Holy Spirit to bring peace to their hearts," the pastor said.
The church service was the latest outpouring of support for Suarez's family.
Ruben and Felicia Perez have dark moments, but not Friday, in the face of love and support for their family torment. They believe their daughter and their grandchildren were dumped or buried somewhere after they were killed.
"It's like a nightmare, and I want to wake up and see reality, you know," said Felicia Perez.
A Deltona city commissioner wants loved ones to know the city is behind them.
"The city of Deltona stands together united with this family," said Deltona Vice Mayor Zenaida Denizac.
A meeting Friday was attended by local citizens and members of an Orange County group that addresses domestic violence issues. Everyone wore the color purple, and children passed out ribbons.
"We're here for you. We care for you. We love you, and we're going to bring closure to this," Denizac said.
"It helps us feel good. It does. That the city, all the good people, everybody is just helping us on this, trying to find my grandkids and Yessie," said Felicia Perez.
The family said it's imperative to keep looking and to keep the victims' faces out there, in case someone suddenly remembers something.
"We have two little kids and a mom, presumed dead, but we're not losing hope until we find them. We will not stop," said Ruben Perez.
Luis Toledo remains in jail, refusing to say anything about the bodies, and a search by the sheriff's department and volunteers has turned up nothing.
Texas Equusearch will join the search this weekend.
Denizac set up an account at TD Bank called "Yessenia Suarez and Kids Funds." Anyone can donate at any TD Bank, and money will go to help with search efforts and to help loved ones if and when the bodies are found. <
Since: Jun 13
#7 Nov 8, 2013
oh my goodness ngrotesque started a new thread cause the casey thread is finally dead. we should celebrate caseys final chapter of doom and gloom.
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