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Businessman ‘tortured and killed his female boss with a MOP’ because she owed him money April 30, 2012

A man has been charged with homicide after he allegedly tortured and bludgeoned to death his boss after showing up at work with his murder weapons.

The brutal killing is thought to have been related to a dispute over money.

Jose R. Rojas arrived at his office in Coral Gables, Florida on Friday carrying a bag full of a deadly array of tools including duct tape, a wooden mop handle and a pellet gun, which he had bought on his way in to work, police said.

There he allegedly waited for his boss, Frances C. Venezia, and a colleague, Robert James, wearing a wool hood and gloves, pouncing on them when they entered the room.

Gruesome: Jose R. Rojas allegedly tortured and killed his boss, Frances C. Venezia, (pictured) and a colleague, Robert James

 

Gruesome: Jose R. Rojas allegedly tortured and killed his boss, Frances C. Venezia and a colleague, Robert James

He bound and gagged the pair, forcing Venezia, 59, to write him a cheque from her checking account, the Miami Herald reported.

In a police report Rojas admitted to hitting Venezia and James with the mop handle when they called out for help.

He claimed to have no recollection of what happened next, other than that there were pools of blood in the office and on his clothes.

Scene: The office building where Rojas and his victims worked and also the scene of the crime

Scene: The office building where Rojas and his victims worked and also the scene of the crime

 

Deadly bag: Rojas allegedly stopped off at a store to buy his weapons on the way to work

Deadly bag: Rojas allegedly stopped off at a store to buy his weapons on the way to work

Rojas fled the scene and was later found by police responding to a calls from people within the building who had heard the victims’ yells.

Mystery: It is not known what drove Rojas (pictured) to kill his boss and colleague thought it is believed to have been over money

Mystery: It is not known what drove Rojas (pictured) to kill his boss and colleague thought it is believed to have been over money

He was covered in blood and attempted to run from officers when they approached him.

His victims were found dead in the office with duct tape and rags over their mouths, their hands and feet bound with rags.

Their injuries that suggested they had suffered ‘multiple lacerations’ and ‘blunt trauma’ according to the police report.

It added that ‘an air soft pellet gun’ that had ‘the characteristics of a semi-automatic pistol’ were also found at the scene, alongside the wooden mop handle.

Investigators later found found a bloody bag of clothing on a sidewalk near the offices, believed to have been dropped by Rojas as he fled.

Venezia’s business, Professional Public Insurance Adjuster, is run from the same building on Monterey Street as Certified Inventory Services, LLC, where Rojas is vice president.

The mother-of-two opened the insurance business in 1998.

Police have not yet identified what drove Rojas to kill his business partner in the gruesome slaying but Cbs Local reported that it is thought to have been over money.

He was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, armed kidnapping and attempted armed robbery.

A judge on Sunday denied him bond.

 

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