Crime and violence at Job Corps installations in St. Louis is about a once every six months news item, and is brought to you by Africanus Bellcurvius.
We weren’t due quite yet, as the last story was on April 22. But we got one anyway, but with a twist, both geographically and racially.
Man Wanted In Connection With Florida Murder Arrested In Lincoln County
A Florida man who is wanted for his alleged role in the murder of a vocational school student near Miami with a machete was arrested Thursday in Lincoln County.
22 year old Joseph Michael Cabrera was arrested at his relatives’ home near Elsberry on warrants accusing him of being an accessory to murder and of mutilating a body. He was being held in the Lincoln County Jail awaiting extradition to Florida.
The charges stem from the murder of 17 year old Jose Amaya Guardado in June. Police say he was by fellow students at the Homestead Job Corps School into a nearby wooded area, where he was hacked to death with a machete and buried in a shallow grave. Police don’t believe Cabrera took part in the actual killing but they believe he was involved in planning the murder. He is also accused of being involved in digging up Guardado’s body and mutilating it before it was reburied. Earlier this summer, four other classmates of the victim were charged with second-degree murder in the case.
Authorities say there was no indication that Cabrera’s relatives in the local area knew anything about the arrest warrants pending against him.
How did it come to pass that he has relatives in Elsberry? That’s the scary part.