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Report: Victims in deadly home invasion knew 1 suspect

LAS VEGAS -- The woman arrested in the home invasion and beating death of a man in a northeast neighborhood knew the victim and the victim's sister, according to her arrest report.

Jennifer Mustachia, 33, told police she had helped take care of one of the victims who was suffering with ALS. One of the victims claimed Mustachia owed her $1,500.

According to the report, Mustachia and two other people went over to the home of Barbara Owens and her brother, Edward Turner, around 10 p.m. Monday. The home is located in the 6800 block of Fallona Avenue. Owens is suffering from ALS and is confined to a wheelchair. Her brother is her caregiver. She also told police she believed Mustachia was her friend, but said she had not seen her in about a year.

Owens told police she was in her room when her brother answered a knock on the door. She then heard a scuffle taking place in the front room. According to the report, she said she heard Mustachia say, "Come out and watch your brother die."

Owens went out to the front room and saw her brother in a fight with two unidentified suspects. She said the suspects were hitting her brother repeatedly with a crow bar and were also kicking him. Owens told police, Mustachia also hit her with a small wooden baseball bat.

Owens' neighbor, Paul Henry, says Owens and her brother were at home late Tuesday night when the incident happened.

"She feels like her brother gave his life for her and she feels very bad about that, and she doesn't understand why she was beat," said Henry.

After ransacking the home and stealing valuables, the two suspects left while Mustachia stayed behind. Owens said Mustachia also stole about $300 and took an unloaded gun and pointed it at her several times, threatening to shoot her. According to the report, Owens said Mustachia became upset that she had blood on her clothing, so she changed into some of Owens' clothing.

Owens said Mustachia fell asleep, so she was able to escape on her wheelchair and make it to a nearby gas station where she asked a clerk to help her call police.

Jeremy Garcia said he was the clerk on duty at the Terrible Herbst gas station where Owens went for help.

"She was in a chair, she had a gash on her forehead, it was bleeding," said Garcia. "She had dried blood all over her t-shirt."

When police arrived at the home, they found Turner's body and Mustachia asleep on a bed in a back bedroom. Police said she had blood on herself when they took her into custody.

Owens was taken to University Medical Center to treat her injuries.

Mustachia was arrested and is facing charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, battery, robbery and kidnapping.  She will be arraigned Thursday.

Metro police say Mustachia has a long criminal history including:

  • Possession of Stolen Property
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Battery
  • Child Neglect 

Police admit they do not have much information on the other 2 suspects involved and are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.