Police responded to a call to a home in Kentucky and found three people dead with multiple gunshot wounds on Friday, Jan. 12. In the next room, police located two unharmed children inside their cribs and used “invisible cloaks” to remove them from the home, according to a police press conference.
Lt. Emily McKinley from Louisville Metro Police identified the victims as 27-year-old Mike Miles, his 23-year-old wife, Catherine Miles, and his 39-year-old sister Geneva Miles. They believe their killings could have occurred “sometime Thursday evening.”
A 4-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl, the children of Mike and Catherine Miles, were found hungry and with dirty diapers indicating they could have been in their cribs for at least 12 hours, according to McKinley.
First responders tended to the two children by changing their diapers and providing them food. They then faced a challenge of bringing them out of their room “without [them] seeing the horrific scene just outside the door.”
A couple of quick-thinking detectives then went into dad mode and used blankets as invisible cloaks to carry one of the kids outside the house.
“With the 4-year-old little boy, they pretended to be ‘Iron Men,’ and used blankets as invisible cloaks and draped themselves, and quickly carried the little boy outside the house without him seeing anything,” McKinley said in the press conference.
“With the 2-year-old little girl, we played hide-and-seek with her, draped another blanket over her and carried her out to her family who was waiting outside,” she added.
During the investigations, police were able to identify 46-year-old Christopher Cruz Olivo, Geneva’s partner, as the suspect. Detectives believed Olivo fled the scene in a green Chevy cruise with his 2-year-old daughter.
Police realized that Olivo’s vehicle was equipped with OnStar technology and tracked him down in the Tampa area of Florida within 30-45 minutes with the help of Onstar, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Department, and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department. His daughter was found unharmed with family in Hernando County, according to police.
During Olivo’s arrest, police found him wearing a ballistic vest and had an AK-47 assault rifle next to him in the passenger seat. McKinley said the assault rifle was not the weapon.
Olivo was charged with three counts of murder and one count of tampering with evidence, but could face more charges, according to the press conference. Louisville police are seeking to the 46-year-old back to Kentucky.
Police said this is an ongoing investigation and did not release any further details.