Crime

UPDATE: Bliss soldier among 5 arrested in East Side homicide

Victim was a combat veteran

EL PASO, Texas - Police arrested five people, including a Fort Bliss soldier, in connection with the killing of 23-year-old Tyler Kaden Croke, a combat veteran.

Officers found Kaden dead about 2 a.m. May 7 inside a unit at the Cantera Apartments at 1501 Lomaland.

Investigators said there was a fight inside the apartment.

Investigators arrested Tristan Chilton, 21; Stephanie Fernandez, 28; Brandon Olsen, 27; Zachary Johnston, 20; and 19-year-old Adam Acosta.

Police said all five worked together to kill Croke, who died of stab wounds to his neck.

A Fort Bliss spokesman confirmed with ABC-7 that Olsen is currently a Fort Bliss soldier, adding that Johnston and Acosta were "separated" from the Army a month ago. Details of their discharged were not provided. 

Chilton, Olsen, Johnston, and Acosta are charged with capital murder, according to a police news release. Fernandez is charged with capital murder, possession of methamphetamine and possession of cocaine.

The bond for Chilton, Acosta and Fernandez was set at $1 million. Olsen's bond was set at $1.5 million and Johnston's bond was set at $1.25 million.

Police say Johnston and Acosta were arrested in Las Cruces and are awaiting extradition to El Paso.

Police have not released the suspects' arrest photos.

An obituary says Croke was from El Paso and Salem, Virginia, and that he was a combat veteran who served in Afghanistan


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