Witness tips leads to three homicide arrests

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – It can sound like a broken record. Police asking for witnesses to come forward and give them information about a crime. Now police can say case and point with three recent homicides.

“We have a classic example of what happens when the community cooperates with law enforcement. We’re able to bring people involved in these horrific crimes to justice,” Michael Joyner, the public information officer for the Fort Wayne Police Department, said.

Daquavion Johnson, 20, was arrested Tuesday in Indianapolis on murder charges for the shooting death of Leon-Dre Kyles-Thomas, 19, on August 13 on Greene Street in the Villages of Hanna apartments.

Andrew Cassaday, 29, is charged with murder in 28-year-old Jeffrey Lute’s death outside Texas Roadhouse on August 14. Kevin Hamilton, 17, is charged with murder for 18-year-old Brian Quintana’s death also on August 14.

What those three cases have in common is witnesses talking to detectives. Joyner said it really boils down to doing the right thing

“How easy could you sleep at night knowing you have information about the individual who took a life of someone else and you don’t share that with authorities. I couldn’t’ sleep at night. It would be as if I pulled the trigger and my conscious wouldn’t allow that,” he said.

Several witnesses at the Greene Street shooting and Johnson’s mother called police. Their information all lead to his arrest.

“Even mothers have to step up. That’s part of parenting. That’s the type of cooperation we need,” Joyner said.

There have been 25 homicides in Fort Wayne so far this year. Police hope these three latest cases are signs of a change in momentum and more people will keep talking to police.

“People are stepping up. They realize we have seen numbers of homicides that we just can’t accept as being the norm for us on a yearly basis and people are doing the right thing,” Joyner said.

Even if the crime didn’t just happen, it’s not too late to come forward.

“Step up. There are people out there with key information on homicide investigations that are still active. Step up. Let’s keep this going,” Joyner said.

Anyone with any information about a crime should call the Fort Wayne Police Department Detective Bureau at 427-1201 or CrimeStoppers at 436-STOP (436-7867).

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