BROOKSVILLE — Deputies have arrested three suspects in Sunday's fatal stabbing and carjacking in south-central Hernando County, the Hernando Sheriff's Office said Monday.
Enrique Daniel Acevedo and his girlfriend, Skyler Nicholle Collins, both 18, drove to Emerson Road south of Brooksville Sunday to pick up Collins' ex-boyfriend and two of his friends, Sheriff Richard Nugent said.
After the suspects got into Collins' red 2001 Ford Mustang convertible, one passenger stabbed Acevedo, who was driving, twice in the back of the neck and another strangled Collins until she lost consciousness, Nugent said.
He said Collins regained consciousness when Acevedo slammed on the brakes, and the couple stumbled out of the car near the intersection of Ayers and Culbreath roads. Acevedo died at the side of the road as the suspects drove away, the sheriff said.
Collins has ligature marks on her neck, but she survived the attack and has been discharged from the hospital.
Nugent identified the suspects as 38-year-old Sherrie Dicus, 19-year-old Steven Wesolek of Ocala, and 14-year-old Sabrina Dicus of Spring Hill, Sherrie Dicus' daughter. Nugent said Sherrie Dicus strangled Collins, and Wesolek stabbed Acevedo.
All three suspects are homeless. They each face charges of murder, attempted murder and carjacking.
"The victims were trying to do a good thing for who they thought were friends,'' Nugent said. "Instead, they both were dumped on the side of the road to die."
Nugent said the crime was premeditated.
He said Wesolek called Collins and asked for a ride, even offering to pay her for gas. Nugent said that when Collins mentioned she was bringing her new boyfriend, Wesolek asked how big Acevedo was.
After the three suspects got the car, Nugent said, they planned to drive to Ocala, get $600 from a friend and drive to Ohio to "start a new life."
"(Collins') ex-boyfriend killed her current boyfriend, but this had nothing to do with the ex-boyfriend/ex-girlfriend issue," Nugent said. "It was all about stealing a car to get wheels to go do whatever they were going to do."
Deputies tracked Sherrie Dicus using dogs, a helicopter and a signal from her cell phone. They arrested her at 1 a.m. Monday in woods near Christine Lane in Spring Hill.
Wesolek and Sabrina Dicus were arrested after they called a friend Monday to ask for a ride from Hernando Beach. The friend was being interviewed by the Sheriff's Office at the time of the call and led deputies to Wesolek and Dicus.
The Mustang was found abandoned Monday morning at Fairbanks Road and Hallcrest Avenue in Spring Hill, not far from where Sherrie Dicus was arrested.
All three suspects have had run-ins with the law in Florida. The Tampa Police Department arrested Sherrie Dicus in January on a charge of attempted drug trafficking. A Tampa Circuit Court judge fined her $1,500 and sentenced her to two years' probation.
Wesolek's arrest record shows charges of simple battery and assault.
Sabrina Dicus is wanted on a home invasion charge from November.
The only contact Acevedo and Collins had with the law was for a speeding ticket, Nugent said.
Times researcher Carolyn Edds contributed to this report.
Laura J. Nelson can be reached at [email protected] or (352) 848-1432.