Police: Suspect in houseboat stabbings was victims’ handyman
ST. PETERSBURG -
The victims in last week’s houseboat slayings were stabbed by a handyman who had worked for them for several months, investigators said Monday.
Raynaldo Figueroa-Sanabria, 40, was arrested early Saturday in Rocky Mount, N.C., and will be extradited to Florida. He will be charged with first-degree murder.
He's accused of killing John Travlos, 75, and Germana Morin, 74, on Friday aboard the couple’s 72-foot-long houseboat, which was moored at a south St. Petersburg marina.
According to investigators, a large amount of jewelry was missing from the boat.
Police on Friday said Figueroa-Sanabria was suspect.
He was driving a rented 2004 Ford Taurus on Interstate 95 in North Carolina on Friday night when he was pulled over by a state trooper, police said. He told authorities he was heading to New York.
St. Pete police detectives went to North Carolina to interview him.
Figueroa-Sanabria also had an outstanding warrant for trafficking in cocaine, police said.
The bodies were found about 11 a.m. Friday at Loggerhead Marina, 5821 32nd Way S., by a home health care worker, who went to the houseboat for a scheduled appointment, police said.
Travlos and Moris lived together on the houseboat, police said.
They were seen alive Thursday, police said.
Loggerhead has 13 marinas throughout the state. The one in St. Petersburg is on Frenchman's Creek and has 143 wet slips and 327 dry storage racks in a hurricane-rated building.
Information from Tribune reporter Stephen Thompson and The Associated Press was used in this report.