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Five charged after body found in Crabtree Creek

Posted October 1, 2008 2:14 p.m. EDT
Updated October 1, 2008 5:52 p.m. EDT

— Police on Wednesday charged five people in the slaying of a man whose body was found in Crabtree Creek in July.

Homero Zuluga-Patricio, 26, of Raleigh, was found floating in the creek near the intersection of Glenwood Avenue and Lead Mine Road, near Crabtree Valley Mall, on July 23. Police later determined he had been stabbed.

Javier Medina Torres, 28, and Diego Salinas Hernandez, 30, both of Raleigh, have been charged with murder in the case. Carlos Santiago Sanchez, 47, Moises Sanchez Barriento, 36, and Osbaldo Garcia Mendez, 36, all of Raleigh, have been charged as accessories after the fact of murder.

Police said the slaying stemmed from a dispute involving Zuluga-Patricio and that investigators believe he was killed July 21 at an apartment on Navaho Drive.

The five who were charged were being processed at the Wake County Jail Wednesday afternoon.