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DETROIT SERIAL KILLER: Deangelo Martin arrested in 4 deaths

Discussion in 'Crimes' started by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed, Jun 9, 2019.

  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Detroit police arrest person of interest in serial killer case


    Police have arrested a person of interest in connection with the deaths of three women believed to be the work of a serial killer, Chief James Craig said Friday evening.

    The chief identified the arrested man as Deangelo Kenneth Martin.

    Craig declined to immediately release what evidence officers collected to indicate Martin, 34, could be responsible for the three killings.

    After a woman's body was discovered Wednesday in an abandoned house in the 3000 block of Mack, Craig said detectives made connections between that case and two earlier homicide victims whose bodies also were discovered in vacant houses.

    Because of the ongoing case, Craig declined to give further details about the similarities between the cases.

    The first victim was found March 19 in an abandoned house on the 2000 block of Coventry. A second woman's body was discovered May 24 on the 13000 block of Linnhurst.

    The victims were identified as Nancy Harrison, 52, and Travesene Ellis, 53.

    Craig asked the community for help identifying the most recent victim, who was found in the house on Mack.


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  2. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    Detroit police search abandoned homes and board them up after suspected serial killings

    Even with a man in custody in connection with the suspected serial killings of three women in Detroit, the city is taking precautions to prevent more attacks.

    Since March, three women on the east side of Detroit have been found dead in three abandoned homes partially dressed. Investigators believe a serial killer and rapist was likely responsible, Police Chief James Craig said.

    A man described as a person of interest was taken into custody Friday, police said. Authorities have not said why the man is a person of interest, and CNN is not identifying him because he has not been charged.

    But while the investigation is underway, the city has put into action plans to keep similar violence from happening again.

    Volunteers in the community are going door to door, canvassing the area near where the women were found, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said.

    Each of the three victims were found in abandoned residences, and 40 police officers will be going out in teams of two starting Friday to search open, empty homes, the mayor said

    Authorities fear that there may be more victims police have not been alerted to in more houses since the women were found days, and in one case weeks, after their deaths.

    Once police have cleared the houses, they will alert officials to board them up, Duggan said. By the end of July, Duggan said, 1,000 houses on the east side will be boarded up.

    And by September, citizens will be able to download an app that would allow them to report anyone trying to remove the boards and enter the houses, Duggan said.

    "To turn back this violence, it's going to take our entire city—the police and the community together to say once and for all that this violence is just not acceptable," Duggan said.

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  3. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Missing woman last seen with person of interest in Detroit serial killer investigation

    A family is searching for answers believing their missing loved one could be another victim of a potential serial killer in Detroit.

    Police scoured Detroit on Saturday, searching vacant homes for potential victims. On Friday, Deangelo Martin, a person of interest in the case, was arrested.

    It's a connection no family ever wants to make -- a missing loved one was last seen with a person of interest in a serial killer investigation.

    In August, Deborah Reynolds was reported missing.

    The family later learned Reynolds had a run-in with police in Ferndale in September. Police dashcam footage shows Reynolds being detained outside a 7-Eleven in Ferndale. Martin was also detained at the location.

    Ferndale police dropped the pair off at a gas station in Detroit. It was the last time Reynolds was seen.

    The family wants to know why police left Reynolds alone with a stranger.

    "The whole family has been terrified," said Andre Reynolds.

    After contacting Crime Stoppers and canvassing neighborhoods, the Detroit Police Department now has the evidence from Ferndale.

    "We want some answers," said Mattie Reynolds. "We need to know where she is."

  4. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    The two victims identified are Nancy Harrison, 52, and Travesene Ellis, 53.




    According to Craig, authorities are in the middle of the investigation, which started several months ago beginning with an incident on March 19 in the 20000 block of Coventry. Harrison's body was found at the location totally disrobed.

    Police say when Harrison was first located, it was initially thought to be a drug overdose. However, after further investigation, it was discovered that the woman suffered blunt force trauma. No further details have been released on her death.

    7 Action News is in touch with the family of Nancy Harrison and they say she was not a sex worker.

    The second victim, Travesene Ellis, 53, was found on Linnhurst. No further details have been released on Ellis' death.

    'My sister didn't deserve this:' Family of woman slain by potential Detroit serial killer speak out

    Tim and Gary Harrison want people to remember their sister, Nancy Harrison, for who she was.

    "A great, great heart. She would help anybody. Do anything," Tim Harrison said. "My sister didn't deserve this."

    Nancy Harrison's body was located inside an abandoned home on Coventry Street on March 19. Detroit police Chief James Craig said the department initially believed Nancy Harrison died as the result of a drug overdose.

    Her brother is not happy with that ruling, they said the signs pointed to murder from the very beginning.

    "The woman had a broken nose, broken jaw, blunt trauma to the head," Gary Harrison said.

    Detroit police are now actively looking for a possible serial killer and rapist in connection to the three deaths.

    "Chief Craig, he wants to be the hero by saying his people are on it and stuff. No, no," Tim said.

    Police believe the killer targeted women who worked in the sex industry. Gary Harrison said that's not the case with his sister.

    "She wasn't down there working to make money or to support her habit, Gary Harrison said.

    Her family is determined to get to the bottom of what happened to their loved one.

    "If it takes a day, it takes a week, it takes a month, it takes a year. We're going to find out who did this," Gary Harrison said.


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  5. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    2 surviving victims fought off suspected Detroit serial killer, police say

    Police in Detroit have linked the deaths of three women found in abandoned houses and attacks on two other women to the same suspect. Deangelo Kenneth Martin was arrested Friday at a bus stop on the city's east side.

    Martin was detained near where the crimes occurred; authorities called him a person of interest in the three deaths.

    On Monday, Detroit police chief James Craig called Martin a suspect in the serial killings, and said the 34-year-old is also believed to have assaulted the two other women, both of whom fought him off.

    "In both cases, these women fought and they live today," Craig said during a press conference.

    One of the surviving victims was attacked in the same abandoned house where another victim was found dead, Craig said.

    Craig said all five victims were linked to sex work, drug use, or both. Most of the victims were in their early 50s — another common factor among the crimes — though one of the surviving victims is 26, Craig said. Martin referred to a "signature" pattern linking the crime scenes, but declined to elaborate on evidence.


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  6. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    Kneeling bodies, DNA common thread in suspected serial killings

    As police investigated the deaths of three women whose bodies were found in abandoned houses on the city's east side, they noticed an eerie signature:

    The bodies of the women, all in their 50s, were found in a kneeling position, and condoms were left nearby, according to sources familiar with the investigation.

    Those similarities led detectives to believe the homicides were the work of a serial killer, sources told The Detroit News.

    Investigators have collected DNA evidence from the condoms left at the three crime scenes that came back to one man, sources said.

    Detroit police chief James Craig said he didn't want to comment on the ongoing investigation, other than to say: "We strongly believe all these cases are linked."

    Police said they've possibly identified the third victim as a 55-year-old woman, although they withheld her name, pending family notification.

    In addition, Craig said during his press briefing there's a possibility a 64-year-old missing Ferndale woman, Debra Reynolds, could be another of Martin's victims.

    Police continued searching abandoned houses for more bodies Monday, Craig said. The search was launched Friday, with plans for the city to board up the vacant dwellings after they've been searched.

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  7. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    Detroit police identify possible 4th victim of serial killer suspect

    Detroit police have now identified a fourth victim in connection to suspected serial killer and rapist, DeAngelo Martin.

    Sources tell FOX 2 that Martin could be linked to another woman's death.

    Those close to the family of Annetta Nelson say investigators believe Martin may have killed the 57-year-old last year.

    Nelson's body was discovered partially clothed in an abandoned home on Winthrop near Plymouth back in February of 2018.

    Rudolph Henderson, 43, was charged with her murder but Wayne County prosecutors dropped the charges. The investigation remained open since then, but the trail for Nelson's killer went cold.

    "It wasn't until the murder today that we were convinced that we believe we have the makings of serial killer rapist," DPD Chief James Craig said.

    It may have started heating up in early June when police announced that the deaths of three women: Tamara Jones, Trevesene Ellis and Nancy Harrison, were likely the work of a serial killer - later identified as DeAngelo Martin.

    They, like Nelson, were discovered in abandoned houses and were found either partially clothed or naked.

    "I'm sorry for what he did to my aunt and the other women," said Tina Taylor, niece of Tamara Jones. "Only God knows how many more that are going to come to light."

  8. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Suspected serial killer in court on sexual assault charges

    An accused serial killer was in Detroit's 36th District Court Thursday for a brief probable cause conference — his first appearance in a courtroom since his arrest two weeks ago.

    Deangelo Martin is charged with four counts of criminal sexual conduct and assault with intent to murder in a case not connected to the killings of at least three women whose bodies were found in vacant houses on Detroit's east side.

    Wayne County prosecutors say Martin sexually assaulted a 26-year-old woman who escaped her attacker.

    "On May 7, 2019, at 1:40 a.m. at a house on the east side of Detroit it is alleged that Martin stabbed and sexually assaulted the (26-year-old) victim," a press release from the prosecutor's office said.


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  9. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    Police investigate if suspected Detroit serial killer is linked to unsolved murders around country

    The investigation into Deangelo Martin, the suspect in the Detroit serial killer case, is expanding, as police sources told Local 4 he might be connected to as many as 11 murders.

    Investigators are also wondering whether Martin might be responsible for other crimes outside Michigan.

    Martin hasn't been charged in the Detroit serial killer case, but he is linked to four murders in Detroit.

    Authorities are investigating whether Martin ever left Metro Detroit and, if so, whether any unsolved murders in other states could be linked to him.

    Sources told Local 4 that Detroit police investigators have information that Martin probably spent time in other states in the past. They're checking with other police agencies around the country to see whether they have unsolved homicides that carry clues of what police believe are the killer's signatures, sources said.

    Officials said the kiler's revealing signatures include victims in their 50s and 60s and leaving victims posed in the kneeling position. Police said at least two of the victims in Detroit were left in that pose.

    Police are checking unsolved murders of prostitutes outside Michigan to see whether they share any similarities to the Detroit serial killer case.

    Officials are using the FBI's Violent Crime Apprehension Program, which has the largest database of major crime cases in the country, sources said. The program is designed to analyze information about murders, sexual assaults, missing persons and human remains.

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  10. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    Detroit serial killer suspect will go to trial in unrelated sex assault case

    Deangelo Martin, the man called a person of interest in the murders of two women found in vacant houses, was back in court Tuesday.

    Martin faces a charge of assault with intent to murder and four criminal sexual conduct charges in an attack on a woman who said she escaped him. Police said Martin met the woman on May 6 at a crack house in Detroit.

    Martin did not speak much in court Tuesday, only saying his name. He faced the 26-year-old woman whom prosecutors said he raped and tried to kill. Martin allegedly had invited the woman to his mother's house to eat, shower and sleep.

    She testified that Martin's aggressiveness started when he got into the shower with her uninvited. Then, when she tried to go to sleep, she said, Martin pushed her to have sex. She said she went to sleep and woke up with a steak knife in her neck.

    She said that's when Martin began to rape her. At some point, she said, she pulled the knife out of her neck and pleaded for her life. She said she finally got away by pushing him off her and grabbing the knife and stabbing at Martin before running up the stairs, which was when one of his family members called 911.

    Martin was bound over on all five charges and will go to trial later this month.

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  11. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Wow! I'm sure glad they caught this guy! I'm surprised I haven't seen this case in the news at all. Only here!
  12. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Detroit police submit 4 homicide warrants for suspected serial killer Deangelo Martin

    Detroit police have submitted four homicide warrants for Deangelo Martin, who is suspected in a series of killings, Chief James Craig said.

    Detroit police are waiting for prosecutors to make a charging decision. Police also revealed the cause of death for three victims tied to the serial killer case.

    • Nancy Harrison, 52, was killed March 19 by blunt-force trauma to the head, officials said.
    • Yvonne Cobern, 45, was killed June 10 by blunt-force trauma to the head, officials said.
    • Trevesene Ellis, 53, was killed May 5. Her cause of death is still unknown.
    Tamara Michelle Jones, 56, was killed June 5. A cause of death has not been determined, according to authorities.

    A possible fifth case is currently pending, police said.

    Investigation continues
    • Deborah Reynolds was last seen with Martin in August. Human remains were discovered Dec. 22, 2018, inside an abandoned home, and police are awaiting DNA tests to confirm if the remains belong to Reynolds. Read more here.
    • Police are investigating to determine if the death of Annetta Nelson is connected to the serial killings. The 58-year-old mother of two was found dead on Detroit's west side. Read more here.
  13. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    Suspect in Detroit serial killings charged in murders of 4 women

    Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced Monday that Deangelo Martin will face charges in the murders of four women on Detroit's east side.

    Since then, investigators have sought to connect Martin to other crimes, including the deaths of Nancy Harrison, 52; Trevesene Ellis, 53; and Tamara Jones, 55, whose bodies were found this year in vacant houses.

    Martin is charged with first-degree murder and third-degree sexual assault in the deaths of Harrison, Ellis and Jones. He also faces a murder and sex assault charge in the case of Annetta Nelson, 57, whose body was also found in a vacant house.

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    Detroit man charged in serial killings to have competency exam

    A 34-year-old man will be evaluated to determine if he’s competent to stand trial in the slayings of four women in Detroit whose deaths authorities have characterized as the work of a serial killer.

    Prosecutors say the evaluation referral for Deangelo Martin was made Wednesday during a probable cause conference in 36th District Court. Martin is due back in court on Dec. 6.

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  15. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    Woman's remains linked to Detroit serial killer investigation, ID'd by medical examiner

    The family of Deborah Reynolds, 64, has long believed her death was linked to suspected serial killer DeAngelo Martin. However, her remains had never been identified by investigators.

    That changed this week as the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s office has told 7 Action News that the remains of Reynolds have been identified. It’s unclear whether police, or the prosecutor’s office, can link Martin to the homicide.

    Martin is currently charged in the murders of Annetta Nelson, Nancy Harrison, Trevesene Ellis and Tamara Jones — all women in their 50s that were found in burned out, abandoned homes in Detroit.

    Reynolds was last seen by Ferndale Police on Aug. 3, 2018 when they picked her up along with DeAngelo Martin following a call for two drunk and disorderly people.

    Martin was given a breathalyzer and found to be intoxicated, while Reynolds' test was inconclusive — police picked up the pair and drove them into Detroit where they were dropped off near the State Fairgrounds.

    The remains of Reynolds were found months later inside an abandoned home on Annin Street near Woodward, less than a mile away.



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