Police have made five arrests in connection with the case of a murdered man and injured woman who were found bound and gagged in Visitacion Valley on Sunday. According to the SF Appeal, 32-year-old Maelene Lintz of San Francisco and 21-year-old Montrail Brackens of Oakland were arrested on suspicion of murder, while three other suspects, 24-year-old Heather Leach, 19-year-old Tyler Miller, and 22-year-old Maryann Manalastas, were taken into custody as possible accessories to the crime. SF Weekly notes that all five were arrested on Tuesday morning at a house in Hercules.
The male victim, 26-year-old Stephen Reid, died from his injuries at SF General late Sunday night. Reid suffered blunt-force trauma as well as a gunshot wound to his upper body. His female counterpart, who is said to be in her late teens, also suffered blunt-force trauma. She was admitted to SF General in critical condition but is now expected to survive, according to SFPD spokesman Albie Esparza.
Investigators noted that the crime was not random, with "well-established relationships" between the victims and suspects. However, they refused to speculate on a motive.
"This type of crime is something you see in the movies," Esparza noted at a press conference yesterday afternoon. "It's certainly disturbing when you find a crime of this nature."