Pocono Mountain, Monroe County - The search for a suspected killer in the Poconos has ended. Thursday police arrested Luis Vasquez, 28, of Pocono Summit on charges he brutally killed his co-workers. The crime had people in one part of Monroe County on edge, including the factory where the victims worked.Police said Vasquez shot his co-workers and brutally smashed one in the head with a rock. Police say it was all over an unpaid loan. Vasquez was arrested at work- where his met his victims. He smiled but had nothing to say as he left his arraignment Thursday afternoon. He is charged with brutally killing 55 year-old Bertoldo Velez and 37 year-old Joseph King last month - all three men co-workers at United Envelope in Mount Pocono.
Vasquez's arrest confirmed his coworkers' worst fears. Stephanie Hopkins spoke to our cameras in August, shortly after Velez and King's bodies were found riddled with bullets in the Coolbaugh Township Municipal Park. She was concerned about a killer on the loose. "He could be anywhere. He could be in here. I don't know," she said.
The crime initially stumped investigators, but a break in the case helped bring a killer to justice.
"Evidence was recovered very close to Vazquez's house," said Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department Chief Harry Lewis. He explained that evidence was a bag- inside the gun used in the shooting and bloody clothes. DNA testing put Vazquez at the scene.
"For the public's safety we wanted to arrest him as fast as possible," said Chief Lewis.
The Executive Vice President of United Envelope, Steve Bunker, said the company is saddened by the entire situation, but hopes the company and its employees can move on. Bunker said police had been routinely visiting the business during their investigation, watching Vasquez.
Court documents alleged Vasquez owed Velez at least ten thousand dollars and he was late paying it back. Vasquez was going to make a payment that night in the park, but instead of money police said he came with a handgun.
Chief Lewis says this case is one his team will always remember. "When you have killings as violent as this we wanted to put the community at ease that this wasn't a random act of violence."
Lewis said Velez loaned out money for a living besides working at the envelope factory. Court documents list King as Velez's bodyguard.
Police say more arrests could be coming as the investigation continues.
Vasquez is locked up in jail, he'll head to court for a hearing next week.