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3 arrested in connection with man found dead a Lake Mohave

LAS VEGAS -- Three people are under arrest in connection with a man found dead at Lake Mohave on Oct. 1.

According to Metro Police, 20-year-old Joselin Martinez-Aguilar, 18-year-old Bryan Melendez-Varela and 18-year-old Esdras Lanza-Martinez were arrested for the murder of 27-year-old Domingo Alva-Gonzalez.

Alva-Gonzalez's body was found floating in Cottonwood Cove on the morning of Oct. 1. The Clark County Coroner's Office found that Alva-Gonzalez had a large cut on the back of his head. The coroner also stated the body had probably been in the water for 24 hours.

According to the arrest reports, the three suspects plotted to kill Alva-Gonzalez and lured him to Lake Mohave on the night of Sept. 30. After drinking at the beach area, one of the suspects hit the victim on the back of the head with a rock and they all pushed him into the water.

Two of the suspects said Lanza-Martinez hit the victim, but Lanza-Martinez said Melendez-Varela hit the victim.

Lanza-Martinez told police they plotted to kill Alva-Gonzalez because he was Martinez-Aguilar's ex-boyfriend and he would not leave her alone.

However, the other two suspects told police Lanza-Martinez wanted to kill the victim so he could steal his truck.

The suspects are all facing murder and conspiracy charges, along with robbery and burglary charges for taking items from the victim's home and taking his truck after his death. Lanza-Martinez is facing the additional charge of possession of a stolen vehicle.

Police tracked the suspects down after they found his truck, which had been reported stolen after he was found dead, parked outside a home near Nellis Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue. Officers knocked on the door of the home and found the three suspects.

One of the suspects, Lanza-Martinez, had Alva-Gonzalez's wallet, cell phone, truck keys and paycheck in his pocket when officers found him in the house, police said.

Domingo Alva-Gonzalez
Esdras Lanza-Martinez
Joselin Martinez-Aguilar
Bryan Melendez

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