Two arrested for killing Waterloo native in Florida – Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

WATERLOO Two people have been arrested in connection with the slaying of a former Waterloo resident who was found dead in his Florida business.

Christopher E. Dykes, 54, had grown up in Waterloo and graduated from Waterloo Central High School in 1981 before relocating to St. Petersburg, Fla., where he operated a machinery business.

On Aug. 28, Florida authorities were called to Dykes business, Fabmaster D. Machinery on Oak Street Northeast in St. Petersburg, after an employee who arrived to open the businesses was unable to open the building. The worker was also unable to find Dykes, who lived at the business, according to deputies with the Pinellas County Sheriffs Office.

Deputies forced their way into the building because they were concerned for Dykes safety, and inside they found his body amid evidence of a struggle.

Following the investigation, authorities developed a Fabmaster employee, Jaritza Maribel Diaz, 24, and Christopher Lee Robertson II, 34, as suspects, and on Saturday the two were found in a hotel on South Dixie Highway in Homestead, Fla.

Diaz was initially detained on a vehicle theft warrant, and Robertson was arrested for assault on an officer in connection with Diaz’s arrest, according to the Pinellas County Sheriffs Office.

During a search of their room, investigators found evidence connected to the slaying, deputies said, and Diaz and Robertson were charged with first-degree murder. Deputies said both knew Dykes.

Dykes lost an older brother in February 2017 to a workplace accident. Robert Leo Dykes, 55, of Joliet, Ill., died after being trapped between machinery at his business in Rockdale, Ill., of Feb. 16.

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