Teen Accused of El Toro Loco Murder has Violent Past

Teen Accused of El Toro Loco Murder has Violent Past

A look into Cordricus Arnold's past reveals a troubled teen with frequent run-ins with the law. 19-year-old Arnold is charged with murdering 19-year-old Aaron Vasquez outside El Toro Loco on Kirby.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - ABC2 4 has new details about the man charged with murdering a restaurant employee in East Memphis.

A look into Cordricus Arnold's past reveals a troubled teen with frequent run-ins with the law. 19-year-old Arnold is charged with murdering 19-year-old Aaron Vasquez outside El Toro Loco on Kirby.

According to police, Arnold confessed to Vasquez's murder. The teen has a long rap sheet, but the latest charge of First Degree Murder is the most serious.

"It just feels like justice," says Camilo Alvarez, manager at El Toro Loco. The restaurant's employees feel safer now that Arnold is in police custody. Arnold admitted he stabbed Vasquez, then stole their coworker's car and wallet.

"We thank Memphis police for doing their job," says Alvarez.

Arnold's juvenile record is sealed, but ABC 24 has learned it includes misdemeanor and felony charges.

In January 2011, the then 17-year-old was charged with Aggravated Robbery. A court placed Arnold in custody of the Department of Children's Services, where he stayed for over a year.

He was released at the end of March 2012. Almost a year exactly from his DCS release, Arnold admitted to killing Vasquez at El Toro Loco.

ABC 24 obtained a copy of Arnold's resume. He lists several part-time jobs and states his goal is "to be better, much better than what i had to live like growing up".

He worked at Fred's off Winchester from last August to November. Former coworkers didn't want to talk on camera but say they were shocked by his arrest, calling him quiet and saying he kept to himself.

Arnold is still in the hospital. He fought with police during his arrest last Friday. He's facing two additional charges for that.
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