For Immediate Release - December 19, 2008

Arrests of two juveniles and one adult in connection with the death of Jordan Mendes

Chief Paul McDonald of the Barnstable Police Department and District Attorney Michael O'Keefe announced today the arrests of two juveniles and one adult in connection with the death of Jordan Mendes whose burned body was found in a hole Tuesday evening on Jennifer Lane, Hyannis.

Both juveniles have been charged with Murder and Armed Robbery. The arrests took place at the Barnstable Police Department at approximately 6:00 pm last evening. Later on last night Robert Vacher, age 20, was arrested and charged with Murder and Armed Robbery.

The motive for this crime appears to be robbery. Approximately $10,000 was taken from Jordan Mendes when he was killed and used the following morning by the youths to purchase a silver BMW automobile.

The autopsy was conducted yesterday by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Boston. The deceased had been shot once and stabbed multiple times before being thrown in the hole and set on fire on the wooded lot on Jennifer Lane. The cause of death is a gunshot wound of the torso with perforation of the liver and colon and sharp force injury to the head and neck including trachea and major vessels.

The investigation is continuing by Barnstable Police and Massachusetts State Police Detectives attached to the District Attorney's Office.

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