The Taney County Coroner’s Office has ruled the death of Andros Valentin-Vargas, 18, to be a homicide with the cause of death as asphyxiation by strangulation, a release from the city of Branson stated.
As a result of this information, members of the Branson Police Department along with the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office are seeking additional charges to be filed against Sean David Roberson, 24, for the felony crime of homicide, according to the release.
Charges are also being sought for the felony charge of resisting arrest.
After fleeing the scene of this crime on Friday at Park Place apartments, Roberson was located in Lake Taneycomo and was ordered to come out of the water to make himself available for arrest, according to information from the city.
He refused to comply with their orders and was removed from the lake by officers from multiple jurisdictions.
Man charged following suspicious death investigation in Branson
A man is charged with assualt and burglary in Taney County, following a suspicious death investigation in Branson Friday, according to information from city spokesman Garrett Anderson.
Anderson reported that a warrant was filed in Taney County Circuit Court Saturday for Sean Roberson with the following charges: first degree assault, armed criminal action and first degree burglary. The warrant has no bond.
Further charges are pending lab and coroner reports, at which time charges may be ammended, Anderson reported.
The Missouri Board of Probation and Parole also filed a detainer for Roberson to revoke his probation or parole, a release from the city stated.
Roberson was detained Friday night by Branson Police, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Taney County Sheriff's Department, after Roberson fled the scene of a suspicious death, according to the city.
Branson Police are not searching for any other suspects in the case, according to Anderson.
Police investigating suspicious death in Branson
Branson Police are investigating a suspicious death that occurred Friday at 3515 Arlene St., in Branson, a release from the city stated.
A person of interest in the matter was taken into custody after fleeing from the scene, the release states. The city credits the person's capture to efforts of the Branson Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Taney County Sheriff's Office and concerned citizens.
Formal charges are to be brought by the Taney County Prosecutor, according to the city. The name of the suspect will be released after charges are filed.
The incident continues to be investigated by the Branson Police Department, Taney County Cornoner's Office and Taney County Prosecutor's Office.