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Teens Allegedly Kill Friend’s Younger Brother

November 16, 1992

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ An 8-year-old boy killed in his home apparently was stabbed to death during a robbery by three teen-age acquaintances, police said.

″We are not calling it torture - yet,″ said Sgt. Dennis Luca, a police spokesman.

Third-grader Melvin Ancheta was home alone with a cold Friday when the attack occured, said Sgt. Dennis Luca, a police spokesman.

The boy apparently was taken from room to room during the ordeal, police said. His mouth was taped shut and he was beaten.

The body was discovered about 3:30 p.m. by the victim’s 14-year-old brother, who ran to tell a neighbor, Mary Ruiz. She covered Melvin’s body and called police.

Her 18-year-old son, Richard, and 15-year-old stepson, as well as a 16- year-old friend, were arrested Saturday. The exact charges against each were not released pending arraignment.

″They were friends of the victim,″ said police Lt. Mike Miceli. ″They knew the whole family.″

Richard Ruiz told the San Jose Mercury News in a telephone call from jail that he had no part in the killing.

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