Officers in Hollywood, Florida have arrested one of two men who are allegedly responsible for the brutal death of another, Ariel Gonzalez, after some group sex went wrong and it was all done while Hurricane Irma approached the state.

The man arrested, Travis Watson, was released a mere three months ago after being imprisoned for 13 years after being found guilty on burglary and grand theft charges. His accomplice, Jacob Mitchell, is still at large.

They are accused of beating Ariel Gonzalez with a hanger and broomstick then pouring hot grease over his head.

Police found Gonzalez’s festering, decomposing body draped in a blanket in his apartment on Sept. 13 after a friend became concerned because she stopped by, knocked at the door and smelled a rancid stench.

Gonzalez’s body had been stuffed into a closet. The Bradenton Herald describes the condition of Gonzalez’s apartment at the time of the discovery as blood-and-feces spattered.

Police were able to identify Mitchell and Watson as suspects in Gonzalez’s murder because neighbors noticed them leaving Gonzalez’s apartment in the midst of Hurricane Irma.

As reported by David J. Neal for The Bradenton Herald:

Mitchell is described in the arrest report as a white Hispanic cross-dresser, five-six or five-seven, medium build and a balding pate he covers with a long blond wig. He refers to Watson as his “husband.”

Police found Gonzalez Sept. 13 after a friend notified them she hadn’t seen him in several days. When she went by his apartment at 2617 Lincoln St., she noticed a foul odor.

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According to the arrest report, Watson said Gonzalez hailed him and Mitchell on the street on Sept. 10, the day Irma hit, by whistling at them and saying, “My house, my house.”

Once there, Watson said, Gonzalez and Mitchell engaged in joint oral sex with him. But when Watson and Gonzalez engaged in anal sex, Mitchell accused Watson of cheating on him and wasn’t interested in getting his turn with Gonzalez.

Watson, the report says, admitted to punching Gonzalez in the face while asking where he kept his money. At Gonzalez’s refusal to answer, Mitchell began swinging at Gonzalez’s head with a hanger. Then a broomstick. Then an extension cord. Then, with Gonzalez’s hands tied behind his back with a belt Watson applied, Mitchell poured hot grease on Mitchell’s head, police said.

Watson claimed he tried to stop Mitchell.

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