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Adam Matos, Prime Suspect in Florida Quadruple Murder, Arrested

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Adam Matos, suspect of a quadruple homicide in Florida. (Pasco County Sheriff's Office)

By    |   Friday, 05 Sep 2014 02:12 PM

Adam Matos, the suspect of a quadruple homicide in Florida, was arrested Friday morning after police launched a manhunt and Amber Alert for Matos and a 4-year-old autistic boy believed to be his son.

Matos, 28, was taken into custody around 6 a.m. Friday by the Tampa and Pasco County SWAT teams at the Floridian Hotel after tips led the units led there, according to WTSP-TV. Authorities said the boy, Ismael "Tristan" Santisteban, who may be Matos' son, was found safe.

Police first began searching for Matos after receiving a call about a domestic disturbance last month. According to WTSP-TV, officers responded to a residence in Hudson, Florida, after a woman, identified as Tristan's mother, said Matos held a knife to her throat. The suspect was never found that day.

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On Thursday, deputies went to the same location to perform a welfare check, but instead found four decomposing bodies piled one on top of the other, two males and two females, and no trace of the 4-year-old. The sheriff's department immediately launched an Amber Alert for the boy, listing Matos as the person he was likely with, according to WTSP-TV.

Matos is the prime suspect in the four killings, but he has not yet been charged, according to CNN. The identities of the victims have not yet been released.

"I thank God Tristan was found safe and we were able to get this murder suspect in handcuffs quickly," Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco told WTSP-TV. "We had tips from all over the country, from Matos' friends and family trying to help us find him and one person had told us he was in the area, because he was seen alone earlier in the day."

The Tampa Bay Times said Matos had no criminal record in Florida after moving to the area from Pennsylvania in July. According to Pennsylvania court records, per the Tampa Bay Times, Matos had a number of run-ins with the law.

He was reportedly found guilty of purchasing alcoholic beverages as a minor in 2006 and pleaded no contest to simple assault, theft, receiving stolen property, and trespassing in 2007. He pleaded guilty to retail theft in 2008 and to a DUI in February of 2010, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

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Adam Matos, the suspect of a quadruple homicide in Florida, was arrested Friday morning after police launched a manhunt and Amber Alert for Matos and a 4-year-old autistic boy believed to be his son.
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