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Three Arrested in Connection to Brutal Murder in Arlington

The Arlington Police Department has apprehended three individuals linked to the murder of 51-year-old Frank Kwasnica, who suffered a fatal beating in an apartment complex parking lot on January 19, 2024.

After an extensive investigation, detectives identified and obtained warrants for the arrests of 22-year-old Brayan Amador Vasquez, 29-year-old Jared Amador Vasquez, and 20-year-old Norlan Gomez-Torres.

On January 31, 2024, members of the U.S. Marshals North Texas Fugitive Task Force successfully located and took all three suspects into custody in Arlington without incident. Each suspect has been booked into the Arlington City Jail on one count of Capital Murder.

The motive behind the attack remains unclear. A witness captured the incident on a cellphone video, revealing two vehicles near the victim and suspects. These vehicles were no longer present when officers arrived, leading investigators to believe the suspects fled in them. The following day, authorities recovered one of the vehicles, a blue Ford Mustang, approximately four miles away. The Mustang, belonging to the victim, Mr. Kwasnica, contained items linked to suspect Norlan Gomez-Torres, aiding in his identification.

Further investigation established a connection between brothers Brayan Amador Vasquez and Jared Amador Vasquez and the crime.

Chief of Police Al Jones expressed relief at the suspects' apprehension, stating, "The victim in this case was beaten so severely, it took us nearly two days to identify him. This was a brutal and horrific attack – and I’m relieved these individuals are off the streets. I applaud our Homicide Unit, Real Time Crime Center, and all of the other APD employees who worked diligently on this case. This type of violence has no place in our community – and I’m proud that our investments in technology, coupled with strong, collaborative investigation by our detectives helped us deliver justice in this instance."

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