HOUSTON -- A 19-year-old former employee of an arcade arrested in the bloody slayings of four employees at the amusement center told investigators he went to the game room to rob it and murder anyone who stood in his way, police said Saturday.
Police officials who conducted a news briefing on the slayings said the killings were planned and the slayers knew their victims.
Arrested Friday night and charged Saturday with capital murder was James Wilkerson, 19, a former employee at the Malibu Grand Prix miniature race track and video game arcade.
A 16-year-old youth also arrested Friday night was held in custody by juvenile authorities. Police scheduled a Tuesday hearing to determine if he can be charged in the case.
Also charged with capital murder Saturday was Kenneth Ray Ransom, 20, who police said had not been apprehended.
Police said the robbers took about $1,500 cash from the amusement center, though they thought there was more money in the safe.
Investigators said the juvenile in custody told them he was unaware of the planned executions and was playing a video game during the slayings. However, police said they found blood on his clothes and arrested him.
Detectives would not say what led them to the suspects. A third man arrested was not involved in the slayings but had knowledge of the crime, officials said.
Medical investigator John Brite said he was amazed by 'the amount of brutality that was involved.'
'There was quite a bit of cutting,' Brite said 'It looked like there was a whole lot of movement that went on in there.'
Brite said the victims had multiple cuts and wounds on their hands and arms, indicating they were trying to ward off blows from a knife.
Three of the victims' throats had been slashed and the 5-inch blade of a knife was found under the body of the night manager. All suffered wounds on their faces, heads, arms and upper bodies.
The slain night manager ws Anil Varughese, 18, of Missouri City, a premedical freshman at Houston Baptist University, who was found face-up in his small carpeted office.
In separate stalls in the men's room nearby were brothers Arnold Pequeno, 18, and Joerene Pequeno, 19, both of Houston, and Roddy Dane Harris, 22, a music student at Houston Baptist and church music director, who started working at the amusement center the night before he was killed.
A safe in Varughese's ransacked office was found open. Police said less than $5,000 was taken in the robbery which occurred sometime between midnight Thursday and 1 a.m. Friday.
The bodies were found about 8 a.m. Friday when a female employee and a Federal Express deliveryman walked into an unlocked videogame arcade and saw a trail of blood leading out the door.
The assistant manager of the center said only a small amount of money was kept at the center.
'Somebody would really have to be sick to do something like this for that amount,' said assistant manager Ernest Jaramillo, who said he had spoken with Varughese about 11:30 p.m. Thursday. 'He said everything was all right.'
Officials said there was no sign of forced entry, indicating the employees either knew their killers or the killers had hidden in the business before closing.