Crime & Courts

Affidavit: Homicide victim was killed in retaliation for rape

Clockwise from top left: Amelia Wilson-Romos, Diego Olivas, Gabriel Lara and Jose Rojas are four of the five people who have been arrested and jailed in connection with the killing of Moises Arias-Aranda. Arais-Aranda’s body was found in an SUV in the 5100 block of North Hydraulic on Christmas Eve.
Clockwise from top left: Amelia Wilson-Romos, Diego Olivas, Gabriel Lara and Jose Rojas are four of the five people who have been arrested and jailed in connection with the killing of Moises Arias-Aranda. Arais-Aranda’s body was found in an SUV in the 5100 block of North Hydraulic on Christmas Eve. Sedgwick County Jail

Moises Arias-Aranda, the last homicide victim of 2015, was killed in retaliation for allegedly raping one of his accused killers, according to an affidavit released last week.

The 42-year-old was found by a Sedgwick County deputy bloody and unresponsive in an SUV on North Hydraulic around 6:45 p.m. Christmas Eve.

He had multiple stab wounds in his back and injuries to his face and head.

Five people have been charged with first-degree murder in Arias-Aranda’s stabbing death: Diego S. Olivas, 28; Gabriel R. Lara, 20; Jose A. Rojas, 29; Amelia Wilson-Romos, 21; and Aubrey D. Cole, 25.

Olivas is a Californian, and Cole is from Oklahoma. The rest are Wichitans.

According to the affidavit, based on sworn testimony gathered from police interviews, the narrative is as follows:

At an unspecified time before Dec. 23, Arias-Aranda allegedly raped Wilson-Romos, filming the rape and posting it to Facebook.

Wilson-Romos and Olivas planned to lure Arias-Aranda to a home in the 100 block of West 24th Street “under a ruse to collect money and possibly smoke meth,” so Olivas could “beat up” Arias-Aranda.

Arias-Aranda arrived at the home on the evening of Dec. 23 in a borrowed maroon 1994 Ford Explorer.

In the kitchen, Olivas struck Arias-Aranda in the face with a .380-caliber pistol and punched him.

Olivas told Arias-Aranda to go to a back room “and not to say anything.” Rojas accompanied Olivas to the back room.

Arias-Aranda was handcuffed and punched repeatedly.

Olivas called Cole, asking him to come to the house.

When Cole arrived, he put a bag over Arias-Aranda’s head, which did not kill him.

Lara told police he overheard Olivas say, “This is what he gets for molesting girls.”

While he was in the back room, Arias-Aranda was stabbed.

Lara saw Olivas leave the back room carrying a knife and saying, “This isn’t my first time.”

Arias-Aranda was then bound with electrical cords and dragged out the back door of the house. His body was placed in his Ford Explorer.

Wilson-Romos told police Olivas drove the Explorer to the 5100 block of North Hydraulic, where it was left by the side of the road. She and Cole followed in another vehicle and took Olivas back to the house.

All five suspects are scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday.

Matt Riedl: 316-268-6660, @RiedlMatt

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