Suspect Arrested in Murder of Gay Lake Worth Man

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Robert Thompson, a suspect in the death of Stanley Parrales, has been arrested and charged with second degree murder.

On March 9, CBS 12 in West Palm Beach reported that Parrales’ body was found. Before his body was found, his partner, John Bickley, reported him missing on Feb. 16. Parrales lived with Bickley in Lake Worth.

In a Facebook post on March 9, Bickley talked about the arrest and his relationship with Parrales.
“My dear friend, and love of my life, Stanley Parrales was taken from us three weeks ago. I’ve never loved and cared for someone so deeply in my life, he was my soulmate. We spent almost 19 years together in a wonderful relationship. The person responsible for his death is now in custody and more will be revealed. The pain is immeasurable, I wish I could turn back time, to escape this horrible nightmare! Thank you to everyone for your support in these very trying time of our lives.”

In addition to the murder charge, Thompson has also been charged with fraudulent use of a credit card, possession of a stolen credit card, and grand theft auto. He appeared in court on March 9. Police allege Thompson stole the card and car from Parrales. The arrest report states that Thompson is captured on video using Parrales’ card at a Walmart and purchasing gas for Parrales’ Infiniti.

According to the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office [PBSO], Thompson said Parrales gave him permission to use his car and his card. The two, claimed Thompson, had known each other for 10 to 15 years and had met around 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 16 at the Old Key Lime House in Lantana. Video footage shows the two leaving the restaurant together, which contradicts Thompson’s claim he left the bar alone.

Deputies also found blood in Parrales’ vehicle and clothing that matched the kind worn by Thompson the night he was seen on surveillance footage.

George Pagan, a childhood friend of Thompson’s, told PBSO that Thompson showed up to his house one night with blood on his forearm. Pagan also stated that Thompson asked him for bleach to clean the blood from the vehicle. He said he refused and also stated that Thompson said he got into an argument with someone, hurt them, and may have killed them. According to PBSO, the blood belonged to Parrales and samples of it were also found on Thompson’s clothing.


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