Neighbor with mile-long criminal record brutally murders 12-year-old girl on crutches: Police

A suspect has been arrested in the brutal murder of a 12-year-old girl in Nashville last month.

East Nashville Patch reports that Roy Coons, 45, has been arrested on multiple murder charges in the August 10 death of Yhoana Arteaga, a 12-year-old girl who was found dead in her home on August 10.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Arteaga was found dead in her  Goodlettsville mobile home hours after texting her mother that someone was knocking on the door.

The seventh grader was on crutches at the time, due to a skating accident. Police determined at the time that  Yhoana likely knew her killer, due to the fact that there was no sign of forced entry, and the possibility that the killer may have known she had limited mobility.

“This is a horrible, brutal thing,” Metro Nashville Police Sgt. David Kautzman said in a press conference last month.

“I’ve never seen anything this brutal in my entire career.”

According to Patch, Coons lived two doors down from Yhoana. He has extensive criminal record, with more than 30 felony and misdemeanor convictions in the last 25 years.

Patch also reports that the girl was still alive when her family returned home to check on her after receiving the text message about someone at the door, but that efforts to revive her were unsuccessful.

“The autopsy determined she died as a report of strangulation…and blunt force trauma,” Metro Police spokesman Don Aaron reportedly said at a news conference Monday. ”

This case remains very sensitive … we are very limited in additional information we can give you.”

Police have not yet disclosed any possible motive in the brutal killing.

CrimeOnline will provide an update as more information becomes available.


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