Crime & Courts

2 suspects in Matthews homicide case back in NC

Emily Ann Isaacs

Two suspects who were charged in connection with a Matthews homicide are back in Mecklenburg County, authorities said Thursday.

And they now are facing a new charge related to the shooting.

Edward Sanchez, 19, and Emily Ann Isaacs, 18, had waived extradition from Texas and were back in Mecklenburg County Jail as of Tuesday afternoon, records show.

Sanchez was charged with first-degree murder, and Isaacs was charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder following a fatal shooting at a Matthews motel on Feb. 22.

Authorities are still trying to determine whether the case is tied to a triple homicide in Charlotte on Feb. 24. That case made national headlines because one of the victims, Mirjana Puhar, was a contestant on last year’s “America’s Next Top Model” reality show.

Emmanuel Jesus Rangel, 19, has been charged with first-degree murder in both the Charlotte and Matthews cases.

In the Matthews case, two men were shot in a car outside the Microtel motel off Independence Boulevard.

Charlotte resident Rosool Jaleel Harrell, 22, was killed. The other victim, whom police have not identified, remains in an area hospital in critical but stable condition, Matthews Officer Tim Aycock said.

He also said Sanchez, Issacs and Rangel all were charged Wednesday with attempted first-degree murder.

In the Charlotte case, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have said the crime was drug-related and that the victims knew the suspect.

The bodies of Puhar, 19, Jusmar Isiah Gonzaga-Garcia, 21, and Jonathan Cosme Alvarado, 23, were discovered in a house on Norris Avenue off Graham Street. Four hours later, Texas state troopers pulled over Isaacs and Sanchez for speeding on an interstate near Houston.

CMPD had flagged the car’s license plate and the people in the vehicle to be held in connection with a triple homicide in Charlotte, a Texas Highway Patrol spokesman told the Observer.

Isaacs and Sanchez have not been charged in the Charlotte case.

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