Third person arrested in death of 'Miss Flo'

SAN JOSE (KTVU) -- A woman has been arrested for allegedly helping to conceal evidence in the death last year of the San Jose woman known as Miss Flo, the Santa Clara County sheriff's office said Monday.

Perla Arreola, 20, is the third arrest tied to the slaying of Floavia Douglas, who died on Oct. 8, 2016, almost a month after she was beaten during a home invasion and robbery.

Arreola was taken into custody on Friday and charged with accessory to murder and conspiracy to obstruct justice, the sheriff's office said Monday in a written statement. Douglas, 88, died almost a month after she was beaten during a Sept. 12, 2016 home invasion and robbery.

Zachary Cuen was arrested last year and charged with premeditated murder in connection with the death of Douglas. Authorities said Jennifer Hernandez Jimenez, who had been dating Cuen, was arrested on March 9, 2017 for allegedly concealing evidence of the crime.

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Authorities have said Cuen broke into Miss Flo's home and robbed her of her jewelry before ransacking her home and stealing her car. A neighbor noticed her car, which had been left abandoned down the street in Douglas' neighborhood. The neighbor went to the woman's home and discovered she had been attacked.

Court documents have shown that Cuen lived within walking distance of Miss Flo, who had lived in her home since 1964.

Investigators said after Douglas was attacked, Cuen went to Arreola's home wearing blood-stained clothing, driving the victim's car and in possession of stolen property. Arreola allegedly disposed of items taken from Miss Flo's home, the sheriff's office said.

Also, investigators said Arreola lied to investigators on multiple occasions while trying to obstruct authorities from finding the evidence. She was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday for a first appearance.

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