Crime & Courts
Arrest made in bloody Brandon slaying
All Wilkin Mieses Baker wanted to do Monday night was smoke a joint with a new friend. Instead, he wound up dead. A landscape worker found his bloody body Tuesday morning outside a storage facility at 707 Providence Road in Brandon. On Thursday, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office arrested a teenager they say stabbed Baker 35 times and cut his throat. Washington Emiliano Beltran, 18, was charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery. He’s being held in a Hillsborough County jail with no bail.Beltran admitted to the crimes, the sheriff’s office said. Detectives said the arrest came after they found a surveillance video from a nearby convenience store. In the video, Baker and Beltran are seen in the store at about 10:45 p.m. Monday. Baker, 27, of Brandon, was intoxicated, carrying $100 in cash and wearing a gold chain, the sheriff’s office said. The two, who had just met, agreed to buy marijuana and smoke it together, the sheriff’s office said. They walked behind the store to the nearby storage facility, where the attack began, the sheriff’s office said. When he was first stabbed, Baker began running. He made it about 15 yards before Beltran chased him down and continued to stab him, the sheriff’s office said. Baker eventually collapsed and died. When Baker was found Tuesday morning, the cash he had been carrying and his gold necklace and bicycle were missing, the sheriff’s office said. After seeing the surveillance video, detectives returned to the scene and got a tip that Beltran, who is homeless, was seen at a nearby apartment. The detectives found Beltran in a stairwell, the sheriff’s office said. Detectives have recovered the knife used in the attack and bloody clothing that Beltran wore and then disposed of, the sheriff’s office said. Investigators also found Baker’s bicycle, which was next to the stairwell, the sheriff’s office said. The gold chain is still missing.