- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 1, 2001

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A 23-year-old man was arrested yesterday on suspicion of killing his girlfriend, her five children and an acquaintance in what a shaken police chief called the worst mass murder in the city's history.
Adam Matthew Moss, 23, was captured without a struggle as he hid behind a pile of plywood, Police Chief Joe Frisbie said after a frantic all-night search by authorities.
Police offered no motive for the slayings.
Neighbors said he could be friendly and helpful but had a history of violence. His own brother filed a restraining order against him last week.
The body of Leticia Aguilar, 31, was found at her home by a baby sitter Thursday night, along with those of her children, ages 6 to 12.
The bodies appeared to have been there for a few days, authorities said. Police would not say how they were killed, but Chief Frisbie described the slayings as "brutal" and said officers would be offered stress counseling.
Police said they had recovered a weapon believed used in the slayings, but refused to elaborate.
"This individual can make a weapon out of anything, I'll tell you that," Chief Frisbie said.
The sitter, Donna Stabile, said she went to the house when the children — Claudia, 12, Zach, 11, Larry, 9, Lisa, 7, and Michael, 6 — didn't show up at her home after school. She said she had a key to Miss Aguilar's back door and used it to enter the older, two-story white home.
"When I walked in, the first thing I noticed was that their 32-inch TV was missing," Miss Stabile said. Then she went upstairs and saw the bodies.
"I saw two kids lying face down, and there was a lot of blood," she said. "I could barely see them because the place was such a mess."
The seventh victim was Ronald Fish, 58, the owner of a tire store and service station whose body was found at his home in a country club neighborhood. At about the same time, Miss Stabile was making her grim discovery two miles away in a poor area of the city's west side.
The police chief said officers were about five minutes behind Mr. Moss all night. One call reported him at a motel. "When we got there we found the door was ajar with the key still in it," the chief said.


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