Man in custody in 13-year-old boy's slaying



PACIFIC, Wash. - A man is in custody, accused of killing a 13-year-old boy whose body was found inside a bedroom at a Pacific apartment.


The boy was found slain Friday morning  after his father reported the boy and his 16-year-old daughter as missing, police said.


Brandon James Suhr, 19, has been booked into the Regional Justice Center in Kent on investigation of homicide, kidnapping and burglary. Police said they believe there are no other suspects.


Police said they were called to the Cobble Court Apartments, 600 Ellingson Road, at 3:02 a.m.


As the investigation unfolded, the body of the boy was found in a bedroom in the apartment. Police said it appeared he died of homicidal violence.


The daughter was found injured at Suhr's home in nearby Algona. Her injuries are described as non-life-threatening.


Maria Venegas, who lives below the apartment where the dead boy was found, said she heard noises from the upstairs apartment at about 11 p.m.


"(It sounded) like breaking something hard and then screaming, the mom and dad screaming, the whole family screaming," said Venegas.


The discrepancy between the time neighbors  heard noises and when the father made the 911 call to report his children as missing has upset some neighbors at the complex.


"A lot of things go through someone's mind.  Why did it take so long to find the child's body?  What happened?" said Guadalupe Rivera.


"It's scary.  I try to keep my kids inside all the time. I don't let them outside," said neighbor Christina Hass.