BREAKING NEWS: The Volusia County Sheriff's Office announced Monday night that they have arrested Luis Toledo for the murder of his wife, 28-year-old Yessenia Suarez. A second degree murder charge has been filed in the death of Suarez.
However, no charges have been filed yet related to Suarez' two children, 8-year-old Michael Otto and 9-year-old Thalia Otto. Suarez and the children haven't been seen since early last week at their Deltona home.
It was later in the week when investigators presumed them to be dead. Their bodies still haven't been found, but the Volusia and Seminole County Sheriff's offices continue to search.
Suarez apparently had been talking about leaving Toledo and her family has told investigators with the Sheriff's Office Major Case Unit, that there is a history of violent squabbles between the two. Last Tuesday afternoon, the conflict came to a head.
Toledo showed up at his wife's job in Lake Mary to confront her and a co-worker whom she had been seeing, and that's when witnesses say he slapped her. 911 was called, but Toledo fled the scene before Lake Mary Police showed up.
Lake Mary Police put out an arrest warrant for Toledo. The next morning, deputies did a house check at Suarez and Toledo's home, 317 Covent Gardens Place in Deltona.
Suarez' mother called them because she couldn't get a hold of her and was concerned that Toledo may have harmed her. While deputies were at the house, Toledo drove up in a silver Saturn.
VCSO say he claimed that after he and his wife argued at the house the night before, he drove off in the Saturn at about 10 o'clock, then returned to the house an hour later and slept in his car. Toledo said that when he woke up at about 8 the next morning, his wife and her children were gone.
The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said after they arrested Toledo on the Lake Mary battery charge, deputies continued their investigation into the whereabouts of Suarez and her two kids. A neighbor told them Toledo knocked on his window about 6 a.m. early Wednesday and asked for his help in dropping off his wife's car.
Investigators say the neighbor told them he followed Toledo who was driving the silver Saturn to Lake Mary, while he followed behind in Yessenia Suarez's black Honda. Then the neighbor and Toledo drove back to Deltona in the Saturn.
Subsequent searches of the couple's house confirmed the presence of blood. The sheriff's office said Toledo, who said he's trained in martial arts and knows how to deliver strikes, initially denied having any involvement in the disappearance of his wife and her children.
After some probing and an interview with investigators, Toledo said that while arguing with Suarez last Tuesday night, she became aggressive and he struck her in the throat with an open hand and she died from the blow.
At this time, Toledo still isn't telling investigators where the body of his wife is, and he denies any involvement with the disappearance of her two kids. He has implicated someone else in their deaths.
Based on the investigative findings, Volusia County Court Judge Bryan Feigenbaum issued an arrest warrant Monday night charging Toledo with 2nd-degree murder. Sheriff's investigators met with Suarez' family Monday evening to inform them of the impending arrest.
Toledo is being held without bond at the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach. On Saturday, after questioning from investigators, a spokesperson with the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said Toledo went to the restroom and tried to kill himself.