Police Chief Newsham announced the arrest of two suspects, wanted in connection with two separate murders.
At a press conference, Newsham spoke about the importance of bringing closure to the families that have lost loved ones, and holding those accountable who committed these crimes.
Newsham announced the arrest of 36-year-old Keith Archie who allegedly fatally stabbed 32-year-old Demond Marcel Rush. Rush was discovered by police around 1:15 a.m., on July 29, in the 3600 block of 22nd St., SE, suffering from multiple stab wounds. He was then transported to a hospital, where he died from his wounds the next day. Archie is being charged with second-degree murder while armed.
The arrest of 23-year-old Tyrell Moody, who allegedly fatally shot 17-year-old Jermaine Richards Jr, was also announced. Richards was discovered by police around 2:55 p.m., on July 30, in the 4400 block of Quarles St., NE, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He displayed no signs of life and was pronounced dead on the scene. Moody is being charged with second-degree murder while armed.
The Police Chief asked for the public’s help in providing any information they knew about these homicides or any other homicides. He said that this kind of violence has no place in the community and visitors and residents should be able to have a safe summer.
During a period of questions, he said that he does not believe that these murders are connected. Newsham said he believes the number one contributor to crime is a lack of opportunity for residents.