ORLANDO, Fla. - Two people have been arrested in the case of a mother and son who were found dead in a Parramore apartment in mid-July, the Orlando Police Department said.
Joshua Ramsawmy, 28, faces two counts of first-degree murder with a firearm, and Amelia Bissoon, 25, faces two charges of principal to first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of Cynthia Stack, 52, and her son Sean Stack, 22, police said.
Officials said they were also charged with several counts of fraud and exploiting the elderly.
The victims were found dead in an apartment complex on West Jefferson Street between Benson Avenue and North Westmoreland Drive on July 18.
The neighbor who called 911 told Channel 9 she noticed her neighbors’ front door was open around 11 p.m.
When she walked her dog the next morning, she noticed the door was still open, she said. When she looked in the apartment she saw a woman dead on a futon.
UPDATE: Two arrests have been made in the 7/18 murders of Cynthia Stack and Sean Stack on W. Jefferson St.— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) July 28, 2018
Amelia Bissoon, 25, charged w/2 counts Principal to First Degree Murder; Joshua Ramsawmy, 28, charged w/2 counts First Degree Murder w/a Firearm. pic.twitter.com/LDaxAA5MI8
Police later found a man dead in another part of the apartment.
The woman who called 911 said she didn’t hear anything that alarmed her.
Police said they were called to the apartment complex at about 7 a.m. The man and woman were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
"(Sean) was just always so grateful for what he had, even though he didn't have that much," said Emily Rivera, Sean Stack's younger sister and Cynthia Stack's daughter. "(My mother was) always trying to spread her love to other people, always trying to help other people. She was just the sweetest woman."
UPDATE: The victims in the 7/18 homicide at 1032 W. Jefferson Street have been identified. They are 52-year-old Cynthia Stack and 22-year-old Sean Stack. They were mother and son. pic.twitter.com/U8zRvdQj4K— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) July 19, 2018
Investigators said Ramsawmy and Bissoon, who are married, killed the victims to cover up that they were stealing from Cynthia Stack's father, who suffers from a traumatic brain injury.
Police said Bissoon, the man's personal banker, tricked him into giving her $50,000, and Chase Bank and Cynthia Stack became suspicious.
Investigators said Bissoon told her coworkers that the man would complete account transactions and forget about them.
Bissoon told police Ramsawmy bought a gun, and when she asked him why he bought it, he said he had business to take care of, according to an arrest affidavit.
Investigators said Ramsawmy went to the Stacks' apartment to try to persuade Cynthia Stack to not press charges.
Officers found this sweet, and scared, pup at a homicide scene this morning. An OPD Crime Scene Tech found the dog a safe home with a member of the OPD family while we see whether anyone comes forward to claim her. She has no collar and no chip and is less than a year old. pic.twitter.com/I5k9nvet6B— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) July 18, 2018
Police said the couple had already spent some of the money and opened an account under their son's name.
Neither suspect had a previous criminal history.
"It's a sad and sick situation for people to take advantage of someone like that," Rivera said. "They did nothing to deserve this. They were an innocent family minding their own business, trying to live their life like everyone else."
Police did not release any other information about how the two died.
Animal control also removed a dog from the scene.
A reward of $5,000 was offered for information leading to an arrest.
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