Police in Port St. Lucie, Florida had been hunting Alyssa Marie Torres, 28, wanted for the shooting death her of 8-year-old daughter, Amarilyss Martinez, and step-father, Felix Rivera, 54. Police found the child’s body on the floor in a bedroom, and Rivera lying in his bed. Both had been shot in the head, according to a police report.
Torres was captured late Monday morning and is being charged in the double murder.
Her mother, Marisol Rivera, 53, was injured, police say, but not shot. She was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, police said. Torres’ mother identified her daughter as the shooter, police said.
Police had said Torres was “armed and dangerous.” By late Monday morning, police reported Torres was in custody.
The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office and the US Marshal Task Force located Torres at a house on Indian River Drive in Fort Pierce, Florida. Police say that location is considered a crime scene but declined to specify what they meant. They say they are still interviewing witnesses.
Police said in an afternoon press briefing that Torres “admitted to shooting her family members.” She is being charged with two counts of murder. And one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
Port St. Lucie Sergeant Detective Terry Henkel told reporters that they’re still trying to “ascertain” her motive in the double homicide. Torres was living in the house with her mother, daughter and step-father for “a couple of months.” Police said they have been at the home for disturbances but said the calls were not criminal in nature.
Torres made her first court appearance Tuesday morning. She was denied bail for double murder charges and was granted a $150,000 bond on aggravated battery. She remains in jail.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Police Were Called to the Rivera Home After Midnight & Found 2 Dead; Torres’ 8-Year-Old Daughter & Her Stepfather
Port St. Lucie police said that at 12:30 a.m. Monday June 24, they responded to the Waterleaf Townhomes Apartments for reports of a shooting involving two fatalities. When police arrived, they found the child, dead of a gunshot wound to her head. They also found Rivera, in his bed in the master bedroom, also dead from a gunshot wound to the head.
Police said suspect Torres “fled the scene” in a silver 2005 Toyota Rav4 with the Florida license plate KPD-T14.
By early Monday, police took to Twitter and other social media to alert the community that it was searching for Torres.
2. Torres’ Mother Marisol Rivera Awoke to Her Husband Shot Dead in Their Bed & Torres is Alleged to Have Allegedly Pistol-Whipped Her
The Port St. Lucie Police arrest report reads that Marisol Rivera told investigators that both she and her daughter couldn’t sleep and that Torres had given her sleeping pills. Rivera said she woke up to a loud noise and found her husband in bed next to her dead. The report reads that Rivera saw “a dark figure” in the room referring to her daughter. Rivera said her daughter threw her to the floor, stepped on her, and “pistol-whipped” before fleeing the bedroom. Rivera screamed for help at another bedroom window when she heard commotion and another gunshot and while yelling out the window for help, saw Torres take off in the Rav4. A witness in the neighborhood said they heard and saw Riviera at the window shouting “someone help me …she killed …”
They called 911.
3. Police Found a Ruger 380 That Torres Confessed to Police That She’d Taken, Hid it & Later Used to Shoot Her Step-Father & Daughter & Had Planned on Shooting Her Mother, Too
In the police arrest report which was used as probable cause affidavit to charge Torres, it reads that the young mother “confessed to taking her stepfather’s firearm from the closet of his master bedroom and hiding it in her room. She said she waited until both her mother and her stepfather were asleep and entered their bedroom and shot her step-father in the head. “She said she planned on shooting (her mother) but she woke up and a fight ensued.” Torres admitted t pistol-whipping and choking her mother. She said her mother was able to get free, ran into a bedroom and locked the door. Torres then said “her eight-year-old daughter was sitting down in the bedroom across from the master bedroom and she said she entered the bedroom and shot her daughter in the head prior to fleeing from the scene…”
Police charged Torres with two counts of murder and one count of aggravated battery.
4. Torres Appeared in Court Tuesday Morning & Was Denied Bond. Police Have Not Provided a Motive For the Slayings
Torres made her first court appearance on Tuesday morning. The judge did not grant bail on the two murder charges but did offer a $150,000 bond for the alleged aggravated assault on her mother.
Torres remains locked up.
It’s being reported she is on a suicide watch.
5. Torres Worked in a Women’s Health Center
On the Port St. Lucie Police Facebook post about the killings, Angela McLendon said she worked with Torres at a women’s health care center in nearby Jensen Beach, just 7 miles southeast of the Port St. Lucie apartment complex where her daughter and step-father were found dead.
“I use to work with her at Women’s Health Specialist in Jensen. She has kids, can’t believe she would do something so dumb!”