AMES, Iowa – A man accused of murdering former Iowa State golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena on Monday at a golf course allegedly told an acquaintance in the days prior that he had “an urge to rape and kill a woman.”
Court documents released Tuesday detail the allegations against Collin Richards, a 22-year-old accused of murdering Barquin Arozamena at an Ames golf course.
By The Associated Press
A homeless man charged in Iowa with killing a top amateur golfer from Spain has a history of violence and drug use dating to his teenage years.
Court records show that since 2014, 22-year-old Collin Daniel Richards has been charged with abusing a former girlfriend, using a baseball bat to smash a vehicle window and burglarizing a gas station.
He's now charged with first-degree murder in the death of Celia Barquin Arozamena. He was ordered jailed Tuesday on a $5 million, cash-only bond.
In one case, Richards allegedly threatened to shoot clerks at a convenience store after they caught him shoplifting. In another, Richards admitted he stole a man's pickup truck while high on drugs. In a third, the Iowa State Patrol seized a long knife from him during a traffic stop.
The records also show Richards left prison earlier this year, once lived in a halfway house in Ames, and was arrested in June after being found passed out near a liquor store.
Richards is being held on $5M cash bond and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 28 at 1 p.m.
The victim suffered “several stab wounds to the upper torso, head and neck," according to court documents, and her body was found in a pond near where missing items were located at Coldwater Golf Links.
Around 1:35 p.m. Monday, officers were conducting a search of the area when they located a male leaving the area of the golf course on a walking trail.
According to court documents, upon initial contact, the man asked officers, “What did he do to her?”
That person and Richards had been staying in the same temporary residence near the golf course.
A short time later, authorities located the camp and found Richards with “several fresh scratches on his face consistent with fighting, and also noted the defendant attempted to conceal a deep laceration in his left hand, which he attempted to bury in the ground,” the criminal complaint states.
My heart breaks for the Iowa State University community, Celia’s family and friends, and truly all of Iowa. Tragic. ����
— Zach Johnson (@ZachJohnsonPGA) September 18, 2018
During an interview, Richards stated he was with another male during the day. That male reported seeing Richards “covered in blood, sand and water.”
A search of the camp located two pairs of shorts with blood stains and a knife.
In the interview process, two witnesses stated they were driving Richards to Jefferson, Iowa, before he requested to return to the camp to get his tent.
“The witnesses reported the defendant stated they couldn’t drop him off near the camp because the police were present. This was consistent with the defendant having been located by officers on foot near the area,” the criminal complaint stated.
— Gov. Kim Reynolds (@IAGovernor) September 18, 2018
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