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‘Unlicensed community housing’ investigation charged with murder, Arlington police say

‘Unlicensed community housing’ investigation charged with murder, Arlington police say

A January death at an Arlington adult care facility that is at the center of an investigation into allegations of abuse and neglect has been ruled a homicide, police said.

According to Arlington police, Regla Becquer, who managed the community’s housing units, now faces a felony charge.

Becquer, 49, was arrested on February 15 in connection with a “major investigation into several unlicensed community homes” operating under a company called Love and Caring for People, police said in a statement. press from March.

A message left with the attorney representing Becquer in Tarrant County court records was not immediately returned. Her total bail is listed at $1.5 million on the county’s website.

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In the release, Arlington police said he faces a charge of abandoning or endangering a person resulting in imminent danger of bodily harm. Arlington police also shared the addresses of five facilities Becquer allegedly managed, adding that they had “identified several potential victims.”

In a news release Thursday, Arlington police said the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office has ruled the Jan. 12 death of 60-year-old Steven Pankratz a homicide. Pankratz died at 7411 Lake Whitney Drive — one of the addresses Arlington police shared in March, the medical examiner’s website showed.

His cause of death is listed as mixed toxicity on the medical examiner’s website. The coroner’s office also listed “trazodone, tramadol and mirtazapine” in the cause of death description.

According to Becquer’s February arrest warrant affidavit, someone reported to police that his friend was being held against their will at a facility at 1210 Woodbrook Street in Arlington.

Officers who went to the facility spoke with a woman who described multiple instances of abuse or neglect and said she was given “medications that were not prescribed,” according to the affidavit.

Police said Becquer operated care facilities at the following addresses:

  • 1210 Woodbrook St. in Arlington
  • 7411 Lake Whitney Drive in Arlington
  • 7419 Fossil Creek Drive in Arlington
  • 2059 Turtle Cove Drive in Mansfield
  • 1852 Hidden Brook Drive in Grand Prairie
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