2 suspects arrested in murder of man found shot in car near Tropicana, Arville

MGN Online

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of a man found in his car with gunshot wounds early Monday.

According to an arrest report, Cathrine Hay and Joel Serrano were arrested for the death of Dennis Dillard Jr., who was found shot in his car on Rogers Street shortly after midnight.

Detectives reviewed surveillance video from the time of the murder and saw a car pull into a parking spot shortly after Dillard arrived nearby in his car.

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A person, who appeared to be male, left the car and walked to Dillard's vehicle, the report states. That person reached inside, and the lights for the car turned on, moved forward slowly, then accelerated before crashing.

The man and a second person, who appeared to female, walked back to the man's car and drove away, according to the report. Officers at the scene found a blood trail that led from the scene to the parking lot where the suspect car had been.

On Wednesday, a detective received a call from Henderson Police dispatch reporting a tip that a boyfriend took his girlfriend's car and gun, and that he and woman named Katie committed the murder.

Detectives identified Hay and Serrano through a previous domestic disturbance report and spoke with the girlfriend, who said Serrano came home on Monday at about 12:30 a.m. and told her that he "possibly killed a guy." The girlfriend told detectives that Hay had two injuries to her upper arm that needed to be sewn up.

Detectives determined they had probable cause for the arrests of Serrano and Hay, and they were taken into custody without incident. They both face charges of murder with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit murder.

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