Two former soldiers turned mercenary arrested for ‘robbing and murdering a husband and wife during a gun sale,’ after a year on the run – Alex Zwiefelhofer and Craig Lang allegedly killed Serafin and Deana Lorenzo and planned to travel to Venezuela with loot, ‘to fight’
Two former soldiers ‘who robbed and murdered a husband and wife during a gun sale and planned to travel to Venezuela to fight’ are arrested after a year on the run
Alex Zwiefelhofer and Craig Lang accused of murdering Serafin and Deana Lorenzo
Serafin “Danny” Lorenzo Jr. and his wife Deana K. Lorenzo were found deceased in the parking lot of the Galleria in Estero, Florida on April 10, 2018
Danny, 53, had been shot seven times while Deana, 51, had eleven bullet wounds
Zwiefelhofer, 22, and Lang, 29, have now been accused of robbing and murdering the couple in order to get money to travel to Venezuela
Serafin and Deana had reportedly traveled to Florida to buy guns –
Investigators said the pair of Zwiefelhofer and Lang lured them to the Galleria parking lot on the pretext of a gun sale
Couple had withdrawn $3,000 in cash for purchase which pair ‘wanted to steal’
Former US soldier turned mercenary Craig Lang [photo], and Alex Zwiefelhofer have been accused of the murder of Serafin ‘Danny’ Lorenzo and Deana Lorenzo in Flora in April last year
Two former soldiers have been arrested for the double murder of a husband and wife who were killed and robbed in Florida during a gun sale.
Serafin ‘Danny’ Lorenzo and Deana Kaye Lorenzo of Spring Hill, Florida. were found dead in a parking lot near the Galleria plaza in Estero, Florida on April 10, 2018, NBC2 reported.
Danny, 53, had been shot seven times and his wife Deana, 51, had eleven bullet wounds, court documents revealed at the time.
Alex Zwiefelhofer, 22, and Craig Lang, 29, have now been accused of robbing and murdering the couple in order to get money to travel to Venezuela.
Danny and Deana had traveled to Lee County in order to buy guns from the soldiers after responding to an online advertisement from a man ‘named Jeremy’, a federal indictment said.
Second murder suspect Alex Zwiefelhofer [photo], and his co-accused Craig Lang, who had both been discharged from the military,and fought as mercenaries abroad
The two former US Army Soldiers who fought as mercenaries overseas have been indicted by a grand jury in connection to the double homicide.
Craig Lang and Alex Zweifelhofer, who left the military on their own terms through being discharged or going AWOL, served together in the Azov Battalion, a far-right volunteer unit that accepted foreign fighters in their conflict against Russian supported insurrection in the eastern part of the Ukraine.
In 2017, the duo tried to enter south Sudan to fight with the Kenyan military, but were swept up by US officials and sent repatriated to the U.S. When interviewed by a Customs and Border Protection officer, Lang said he the pair fought with the ‘Right Sector’ – a Ukrainian nationalist paramilitary movement.
According to WINK, the two mercenaries have been charged with the murders of Serafin “Danny” Lorenzo, Jr., and Deana K. Lorenzo, who were murdered in Lee County, Florida on April 10, 2018.
Serafin “Danny” Lorenzo Jr. [right], and his wife Deana Kaye Lorenzo [right], were found dead after the pair of Zwiefelhofer and Lang lured them to the Galleria parking lot in Estero on April 10, 2018, on the pretext of a gun sale
The Lorenzos had withdrawn $3,000 in cash for the purchase of four Glocks, two 9mm pistols and nine high-powered rifles, the Washington Post reported.
It is believed the soldiers then lured Danny and Deana to the parking lot of the Galleria in Estero on April 10, 2018, where they were robbed and killed.
Both victims were shot several times. Serafin was shot seven times. Deana was shot 11 times, which was ruled the cause of death for both victims by medical examination.
The killer pair, who had both been discharged from the military, hoped to ‘participate in an armed conflict against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela’, a federal criminal complaint revealed.
Serafin ‘Danny’ Lorenzo Jr. and Deana K. Lorenzo were found both killed at 9351 Corkscrew Road in Fort Myers, Florida on April 10, 2018. Danny, had been shot seven times and his wife Deana, had eleven bullet wounds
Investigators combing through Zweiferlhofer’s internet search history revealed that he had researched ways to smuggle himself into South America, as well as reportedly looking up a movie scene (concerning ambushing a van) that “was consistent with the tactical approach of the shooters and the trajectory of the gunshot defects depicted in the movie.”
Craig Lang allegedly, later told an associate that he had participated in “gunning down some people,” and even showed him the news story from his phone.
Zwiefelhofer and Lang had reportedly been previously detained by Kenyan authorities after they tried to enter South Sudan in 2017.
The FBI is now working to to extradite both men back to Florida.
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