Puerto Rico man charged in slaying of Ohio tourist

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Authorities in Puerto Rico have charged a man suspected in the slaying of a tourist from Ohio.

Homicide police said in a Sunday statement that Juan Carela Acevedo has been charged in the fatal stabbing of 41-year-old Brett Walquist of Beavercreek, Ohio. They announced his arrest on Saturday.

Police say Walquist was killed on Dec. 30 when an assailant broke into a vacation apartment complex in Rincon, a western beach town that attracts surfers and divers from around the world. Walquist apparently walked in on the intruder in the kitchen and was stabbed at least three times during a struggle in the middle of the night.

Acevedo is being held in the city of Aguadilla. Efforts to contact his defense lawyer by phone on Sunday were unsuccessful.