Yhoana Arteaga was a 12-year-old girl who was brutally killed inside her family’s home in Goodlettsville last month. Their neighbor was arrested yesterday by Nashville police and was charged with multiple counts, including premeditated murder.
At a news conference joined by Mayor Megan Barry, the Metro Nashville Police Department said that police arrested Roy D. Coons, 45, who lived two doors down from Yhoana and her family. The police also said that Coons had dozens of prior criminal offenses on his record.
Coons had been identified since the initial stages of the investigations as a possible suspects. DNA, among other scientific analysis of evidence by both MNP and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations led to Coons, MNPD Chief Steve Anderson said.
Coons is charged with first-degree premeditated murder, two counts of first-degree felony murder, attempted rape of a child, and especially aggravated burglary.
“The death of anyone is especially tragic and especially when it’s a homicide,” Anderson said. “And then when it’s a young person, 12 years old, not yet reached the prime of their life, it’s especially tragic.”
“It’s certainly a relief to this police department that this man is in custody, and I know it’s a relief to all of Nashville.”
The murder of Yhoana happened on August 10 inside her family’s trailer home in the Hillview Acres Mobile Home Park on Old Dickerson Pike.
Law enforcement officials described that it was one of the most shocking and horrific homicides that they have ever seen
Yhoana’s mother, 14-year-old sister and 10-year-old brother returned to their Goodlettsville trailer at 6:45 p.m. that night to find her dead. Yhoana was a student at Liberty Collegiate Academy. She texted her mom 5:30 p.m. saying that there was someone knocking at the door.
The autopsy results that were released last month showed that Yhaona was strangled. Her body was found with a number of contusions and abrasion, including around her face and neck.
Metro police spokesman Don Aaron said scientific evidence, including DNA, was crucial to making the arrest. A Davidson County Grand Jury met Monday morning and returned the multi-count indictment.
Coon has been convicted of more than 20 offenses, both felonies and misdemeanors since 1992. The most recent was a felony marijuana possession and unlawful gun possession by a convicted felon in 2016.
During the investigation, detectives had said they believed it’s possible Yhoana “knew of” her killer, but it was not clear if they were personally acquainted. There were no obvious signs of forced entry at the residence.
“Our heart breaks anytime we lose a young person,” Barry said. “And the horrific murder of this beautiful child, Yhoana Arteaga, really just rocked the Madison community.”
The mayor thanked the police officers who worked the crime, crediting their work with “bringing her killer to justice.”
Justice will be served once he gets his sentence and we hope that he will get what he deserve. Don’t you think? Let us know in the comment section below.
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