Police have identified a 55-year-old Abilene man who was allegedly robbed and whose remains were found Saturday in a burned storage shed in the 2500 block of Russell Avenue.
Police have arrested 46-year-old Martin Hererra in connection with the robbery of the man now identified as Bobby Carol McLane Sr. An autopsy is being performed to determine how McLane died.
Hererra was booked into jail Sunday night for arson causing bodily injury or death and robbery. According to an arrest report, Herrera admitted to the robbery and said he shoved McLane after an argument. Herrera said McLane did not move again after he fell and he allegedly set the fire five to 10 minutes later to cover up any evidence.
The fire began about 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The shed is a total loss and the fire also consumed a nearby fence and damaged an electrical distribution system. The total damage is estimated at $10,000.
As firefighters worked in the area, they found a McLane's body underneath the rubble in the shed. The shed was located behind a vacant home and, according to police, the shed was frequented by transients to include the McLane and Hererra.
Sgt. Lynn Beard said evidence at the scene and statements from the victim's acquaintances identified Hererra as the suspect.
Police interviewed Hererra at the Taylor County Law Enforcement center and charged him with arson and robbery around 7 p.m.
The victim's body will undergo an autopsy at the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office. Herrera could face additional charges pending the results.
"During the course of events – when the victim died – that's what the autopsy will tell us," Beard said. "So, depending on what those results say is what will dictate whether further charges are filed."