Man arrested in credit union robbery is ‘person of interest’ in wife’s homicide

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A man who was arrested for robbing an Erie Federal Credit Union is a “person of interest” in the ongoing homicide investigation of his wife, according to Erie Police Chief Randy Bowers.

Billy Ray Gordon, 57, who was charged with robbing the Erie Federal Credit Union, 2436 Buffalo Road, on July 14, is the husband of Linda Gordon, 51, who was killed and found Friday on Erie’s east side.

Erie police discovered the body of Linda Gordon in a grassy area in the 1500 block of East 19th Street between Camphausen and Schaal avenues Friday morning.

Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook identified Linda Gordon on Saturday following an autopsy. Cook said Gordon suffered multiple stab wounds to the torso.

Erie detectives said that East 19th Street is not the location of the killing and are reviewing surveillance video and have collected evidence from the scene, but Bowers would not comment further.

“We are not going to say where the crime occurred,” Bowers said. “It is very much a main focus of our investigation at this point.” 

Billy Ray Gordon, who was arrested in the 1200 block of East 21st Street, was picked out of a lineup by a witness.

A witness saw Gordon walking toward the credit union at the time of the robbery, which was around 10 a.m., according to police.

Billy Ray Gordon is charged with robbery, theft and terroristic threats.

Bill Ray Gordon is in the Erie County Prison on $150,000 bond.

Bowers said Billy Ray Gordon is also a suspect in other recent bank robberies. 

A neighbor of the Gordon’s, Diana, who didn’t release her last name, said she is just heartbroken over the situation.

“I hope and pray that they find out who did it,” Diana said. “This is horrible. I saw her Wednesday and she was just as happy as could be.”

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