Press Release # 090214(01) Man Charged With Murder of 5 Year Old Girl
This morning 09/02/2014 at 2:31 am San Angelo Police Dispatch received a call in reference to a disturbance at a residence in the 2700 block Houston Street. Upon arrival our officers located three victims of an assault to include 62 year old Jesusita Bermea, 33 year old Tanya Bermea, and 5 year old Naiya Villegas. The suspect was also on scene and has been identified as 23 year old Isidro Miguel Delacruz Jr. of San Angelo. The adult female victims were assaulted by Delacruz at the residence, and both were transported to Shannon Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Five year old Naiya received a knife wound to her neck during the assault and was transported to Shannon where she succumbed to her injuries a short time later. Delacruz was taken into custody at the scene and was transported to the Tom Green County Jail where he is being held on a murder charge with a one million dollar bond.
Preliminary investigation indicates Delacruz forced entry into Tanya's residence on Houston Street through a bathroom window. As Delacruz entered the residence, Tanya left the residence to seek help from family members at two separate locations. Upon returning to her residence, Tanya and her mother, Jesusita Bermea, were assaulted by Delacruz. Jesusita placed the disturbance call to Dispatch at 2:31 am and officers arrived at 2:37 am. Upon arrival, officers immediately began to administer first aid to Naiya. It is believed that Naiya was assaulted after Tanya left the residence and before the officers arrived on scene.
The suspect, Isidro Delacruz, and Tanya Bermea had previously been in a dating relationship. Delacruz and Naiya were not related.
As part of the investigation, Naiya was transported to Lubbock for autopsy as requested by Justice of the Peace E. Howard.
The San Angelo Police Department Criminal Investigative Division is actively involved in the investigative process. Our investigators are working to determine a motive and exact sequence of events involving the assaults. This investigation is less than 24 hours old, and there are still a lot of details to confirm. We do not have any further details to release at this time.