Erie Police have made arrests in all six of the city's homicide cases this year. It's the first time they've hit 100%, closing the case on all homicides of 2017.
Erie Police see an average of eight homicides a year. So far in 2017, there have been six. Detectives work day and night, solving 100% of the homicides this year.
Police Chief Don Dacus says, "it is a team effort from patrol to ID to CID. Most of these cases have very little cooperation and it takes their good police instincts to get the job done".
The first murder January 15th, Marcell Flemings was shot and killed at the Shell station at East 6th and Parade streets, with two suspects charged in the case. The most recent murder took place on June 29th when David Tate Junior's life was taken in another shooting outside a home on East 20th Street, with four people arrested in that case.
Detectives use a variety of techniques to make an arrest. Dacus says, "witnesses are always key... If we can get witnesses that is the strongest path to success; without that, we need tips from the public".
Lieutenant Jon Peters of the EPD Major Crimes Unit tells us, "if we can get additional names then we can get those people in. Sometimes they interview 50 people, sometimes 60 people".
Police search for and arrest the suspects while families mourn the victims. Recently, Justin Glover was arrested Monday on suspicion of his involvement in the strangulation death of Anita Jones. Cheyenne Palochak, sister of Anita Jones, says, "no one deserves to suffer the way she suffered, but now that he is in jail, I hope he suffers".
After the latest arrest by Erie Police for the murder of Anita Jones back in June of this year, the family says it brings some closure, but it was something they thought would never happen. "We were overjoyed of course. Nothing beats her being here, but at least he was caught," says Cheyenne.
Now, Chief Dacus says he hopes this sends a message. "If you are going to commit a homicide in the city; be prepared to go to jail because our detectives and ID units are doing great, fantastic work," the Chief warns.
Another tool helpful to techniques, the development in technology and DNA research. And while police are happy with the hard work, they realize the year is far from over.
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