Several people conspired to assault Tammy L. Rocha on the night of Jan. 14 over the theft of a cell phone and some jewelry, according to an arrest affidavit.
On Jan. 14 at around 6:30 p.m. Rocha, 39, was found lying in the street at the corner of 35th Street and Fifth Avenue with multiple stab wounds. She was transported to the Nebraska Medical Center where she later died.
On Jan. 15, Council Bluffs Police arrested Clarence L. Woolsoncroft, 47, and Lisa A. Reeves, 22, on suspicion of first-degree murder. A person of interest, Eric E. Long, 32, was located Wednesday night in Council Bluffs. After questioning he was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder, according to a release from the department.
Forty-three-year-old Bryan E. Reeves – Lisa Ann’s father – is being sought by authorities on a warrant for first-degree murder.
Information collected in the investigation shows that Woolsoncroft, the Reeveses and Long conspired to assault Rocha in front of a house on Fifth Avenue, according to Sgt. Dave Dawson.
“A knife was brought into the assault with the specific in intent to cause serious injury or death to Tammy Rocha,” the affidavit said.
The events leading to Rocha’s death began on Jan. 13, according to the affidavit.
That day, Woolsoncroft and Rocha were together at Harrah’s Council Bluffs Casino & Hotel. Rocha introduced Woolsoncroft to the Reeveses and the four eventually went to the Reeves’ home at 3510 Fifth Ave., with Woolsoncroft driving.
At the home, Rocha and Lisa Reeves began using methamphetamine, Woolsoncroft told investigators, and he left. Rocha stayed the night at the Reeves’ home.
On Jan. 14, Woolsoncroft saw Lisa Reeves at Harrah’s, and Lisa Reeves stated Rocha had stolen a cell phone and some jewelry from her, the affidavit stated. Lisa Reeves allegedly told Woolsoncroft that if Rocha contacted him again, he should bring Rocha to the Reeves’ home; and Lisa Reeves would “make it ‘worth it.’”
Woolsoncroft told investigators he took the statement to mean he would be paid either with methamphetamine or money.
Later that day, Rocha contacted Woolsoncroft, asking for a ride. Woolsoncroft stopped by the Reeves home before picking up Rocha. He spoke to Lisa Reeves. Bryan Reeves and Long were also at the residence, the affidavit said.
“They all discussed Woolsoncroft bringing Rocha to the residence so they could assault her,” the affidavit said.
Woolsoncroft picked up Rocha and her friend, Dale Mercer, at Horseshoe Casino and drove down 35th Street.
Woolsoncroft told investigators that as he turned onto Fifth Avenue from 35th Street, Rocha became scared and tried to push the accelerator with her foot because Lisa and Bryan Reeves and Long were waiting outside the residence. Mercer told investigators that during this time Rocha said, “No, they’ll kill me here.”
The affidavit said Woolsoncroft stopped the truck, put it in park and exited the vehicle. Lisa Reeves allegedly began assaulting Rocha while she was still in the truck. Woolsoncroft then allegedly pulled Rocha out of the vehicle and onto the ground, where Lisa Reeves continued to assault Rocha.
From there, Woolsoncroft told investigators, he left the area without seeing anything further.
As the assault was taking place, Mercer reportedly told investigators, multiple people were yelling, “Where’s our (expletive)? You stole our (expletive).”
“Mercer then got out of the truck and when he came to the driver’s side, Rocha was on the ground covered in blood,” the affidavit stated.
Mercer told authorities that when he came around the truck the Reeveses and Long ran into their house, while Woolsoncroft got into his truck and drove off.
The affidavit stated that at the Fifth Avenue home blood evidence was found leading up the sidewalk, into the enclosed front porch and on the door to the residence.
A search warrant was obtained for the home, but no other blood evidence was found, the affidavit said.
The Metro Area Fugitive Task Force located Long at 2459 Second Avenue Apt. 1 on Wednesday at approximately 4:49p.m., according a release