Jesus Medrano III is a Wisconsin man who was arrested by the Kenosha Police Department on accusations he killed his father and stepmother after they caught him sexually assaulting a minor in their home. Medrano was charged with killing his father, 49-year-old Jesus Medrano Jr., and his stepmother, 36-year-old Latrice Meyers-Medrano, with a machete after they tried to intervene in his sexual assault of a relative, WISN reported, citing a criminal complaint.
Police officers responded to the Kenosha home on January 6 in response to a call about a possible sex crime and found a 15-year-old girl who reported that she’d been choked by Medrano, WISN wrote. Officers entered the residence and found the two adult victims, both of whom were pronounced dead at the scene.
Medrano, 24, is charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, attempted first-degree sexual assault and felony child abuse, public records show. He is in custody on a $2.5 million bond and faces a preliminary hearing on January 15. The investigation is active and ongoing, authorities said.
Police Found Blood All Over the Floor & Wall
According to the Kenosha News, after the stabbing the children weren’t able to call 911 from the home and instead “climbed out a window and went to a neighbor’s for help.”
Authorities were called to the 900 block of 46th Street in Kenosha on January 6 at around 4:30 a.m. to “investigate a possible sex crime,” a press release from the Kenosha Police Department stated. Upon their arrival, officers found signs of “some type of struggle” and requested additional officers. The press release stated that “once entry was gained to the residence two adults were found to be deceased.”
In an update to the original press release, the police department added that the deceased were a 49-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman, and there was a 15-year-old juvenile victim. Three other children were also found at the home, ages 6, 10 and 15, according to police.
The criminal complaint obtained by WISN stated that responding officers first met with the 15-year-old female victim who alleged that Medrano choked her.
When an officer entered the home he found blood covering the floor and wall and then the two adult stabbing victims in the bedroom. Latrice Meyers-Medrano’s mother said the family was devastated, WISN reported: “My heart is broken. It can’t get broken anymore. My daughter died in vain, and I feel so sorry for her kids,” Joeann Mayhel told the station.
Medrano Was Found at His Brother’s House & Confessed to the Crimes, According to Police
The criminal complaint obtained by WISN said Medrano was found at his brother’s house holding a machete. When officers asked the 24-year-old man to drop his weapon, he did, telling them, “Just kill me” before he was placed under arrest.
According to WISN, the criminal complaint indicated Medrano confessed to the crimes, telling officers he had long had sexual thoughts about the 15-year-old girl and on the morning of January 6 had decided to take action on them. He told officers he entered the bedroom, bringing socks with him in case she tried to yell. He also said he brought his machete to the room to defend himself in case his father found him, WISN reported.
Medrano said he started choking the girl because she was fighting him, WISN reported, at which point his father entered the room. He said he stabbed his father with the machete, and when his stepmother appeared in the doorway he jumped over his father to reach her, stabbing himself in the thigh in the process and then stabbing his stepmother before fleeing the scene, WISN reported. On January 8, Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley said, according to Kenosha News:
This is as violent, assaultive and tragic a set of crimes that one can commit against their own family members. The evidence in this case is extremely strong. There is not only a confession, but multiple eye witnesses, including the traumatized children who see many of the acts that take place, and the surviving intended sexual assault victim who is going to bear these scars, obviously, for a lifetime.
A GoFundMe was set up to raise money for Jesus Victoriano Medrano Jr.’s family. It states: “Our loving father, uncle, cousin, and brother was tragically and brutally murdered in front of his children. With his last breath he tried to save and protect the most important things in his life, his children and grandchild. We as his family are in need.”