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Indiana police have identified the four victims Nicole Zent and her three children who were found murdered by Cohen Bennett Hancz-Barron in a Fort Wayne apartment building Wednesday morning.
BREAKING UPDATE: Fort Wayne news station WANE reports 21-year-old Cohen Bennett Hancz-Barron has been arrested at an apartment complex in Lafayette. He is expected to be charged with 4 counts of murder. https://t.co/kRg5JilGGL pic.twitter.com/mR3Eiy2Tjb
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According to an affidavit received, the body of 26-year-old Nicole Zent was found kneeling next to a bed where police discovered the bodies of her three children: Carter Mathew Zent, 5; Ashton Duwayne Zent, 3; and Aubree Christine Zent, 2.
The children were found face down on the bed.
The affidavit alleges that Cohen Bennett Hancz-Barron, 21, strangled Zent and stabbed him several times. Their children each died from multiple stab wounds.
Hancz-Barron was arrested in a black truck hours after he escaped.
The police arrested him at an apartment complex in Lafayette.
He was found with wounds on his jaw, neck and wrist, suggesting that Zent was fighting for her life and that of her children.
The affidavit identifies the suspect as a friend of Zent, but does not mention any possible motive for the murders.
Shortly before the murders, Hancz-Barron is said to have visited his mother’s apartment and claimed he was shot in the stomach. According to the affidavit, he asked her for money and duct tape. She was scared and told him to leave immediately, the affidavit said.
Investigators claim Hancz-Barron escaped house arrest on April 20 before he finally committed the murders.
Hancz-Barron was sentenced to six years in prison in the Indiana Law Department in February after being convicted of robbery. A judge allowed him to be under house arrest for that time.
Hancz-Barron does not have a lawyer and has yet to apologize for the four preliminary murders he faces.
At a vigil for the victims Thursday night, Zent’s sister Cortney Spiceer told WANE that Nicole “cares for everyone” and that she loves her children very much.
The grieving aunt described Carter as “wild … always running around laughing, always getting in trouble”.
Ashton, she said, was the shy one. “He kept you busy,” she said.
She remembered Aubree as “very independent” and the “perfect kid” who “never cried”.
A GoFundMe campaign was launched to cover funeral expenses for mother and children.