Neighbors React To Teen's Murder Confession, Arrest

Neighbors React To Teen's Murder Confession, Arrest

Cordricus Arnold told police he stabbed Aaron Vasquez as Vasquez took out the trash at El Toro Loco in East Memphis. Arnold told cops he then robbed Vasquez, an act he has a history of doing.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Cordricus Arnold told police he stabbed Aaron Vasquez as Vasquez took out the trash at El Toro Loco in East Memphis. Arnold told cops he then robbed Vasquez, an act he has a history of doing.

When he was 17, Arnold was charged with felony aggravated robbery. Arnold lives less than a mile from the Kirby location of El Toro Loco.

Neighbors say they don't know him or his family well, adding Arnold's family moved to the area a few weeks ago.

Gene and Barbar Trouy had no idea they lived next door to Cordricus Arnold and his family.

"They've only been there about two weeks maybe," Gene says. "I've seen them come and go, but I know nothing about them."

The Trouys have been following Aaron Vasquez's story though.

"It broke my heart, it really did." says Barbara. "An innocent child trying to work for a living."

Last Friday, they wondered why police showed up in their neighborhood. "We were just astounded as to why all the police were out here," Gene tells abc24.com.

"This is a good neighborhood. It's very well watched over," adds neighbor Ray Williams. He doesn't know Arnold's family either. "Until you told me what was going on I didn't know."

The 19-year-old confessed to stabbing Vasquez, then stealing his car and wallet.

"I'm glad they caught him," Williams says. "We've enjoyed going to El Toro and eating. It kind of puts a different look on it."

Police are also investigating another attack in Kirby Gates shopping center. A man who worked at New China had his throat cut a few hours before Vasquez was murdered. Officers have not said if the two incidents are related.

Arnold is still hospitalized. He faces three charges: first degree murder, resisting officers and evading arrest.
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