Person of interest arrested in Ocoee homicide

Jose Luis Chavez booked into Orange County Jail

By Jerry Askin - Reporter

OCOEE, Fla. - A person of interest in connection with a suspicious death in Ocoee has been arrested.

Jose Luis Chavez, 23, was arrested Sunday on a second-degree murder charge in the death of Rogelio Andrade Hernandez, 40, of Ocoee.

Ocoee police said Chavez was found at the Greyhound bus station on John Young Parkway in Orlando.

According to police, officers were called to a home at 473 Wurst Road around 9:52 a.m. Sunday and found a man dead. Police said the victim was a friend of Chavez's roommate. 

"In a matter of, like, 20 minutes, like, 10 cars showed up," said Raymond Daniel, who lives nearby. "To be this close to home, it's pretty disturbing."

Neighbors said they heard fighting at the home Sunday morning and then later, officers showed up. Neighbors said the man who owns the home has some kind of lawn care or painting service and allows men to rent rooms.

"It's always people going in and out the house. It's, like, 10 people over there at a time," Daniel said. "It's crazy, and I've got four kids here, and to hear something like this going on this close to home, it's pretty disturbing."

According to an arrest report, Hernandez came to the home Saturday night. Officers said they found him dead between the bed and the wall of Chavez's room the next morning.

It was also determined that Chavez stole Hernandez's white van and abandoned it Reba and Flewelling avenues, according to the report. Police said a knife was found nearby. 

When officer interviewed Chavez, they said he had no remorse and didn't seem bothered by the crime.

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