SCMPD seeks additional information in west Savannah homicides - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

Police seek additional information in 3 homicide cases


Witnesses have helped Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police arrest suspects in two of five homicides in the west Savannah area in the past year and detectives are seeking additional help in the other three.

On June 18, homicide detectives arrested and charged Mark Allen Adkins, 22, with the murder of Frederick Early, 24. He was also charged with two counts of aggravated assault for the shooting of Briona Moore, 17, and Pamphylia Baynes, 20. Authorities found the three victims with gunshot wounds at Eagle and Richards streets at 12:48 p.m. May 16.

Patrol officers found the two victims of the May 16 shootings on the ground and the third victim supporting herself against a brick wall when they arrived. Witnesses gave police a description of a male who opened fire on them and then left in a white car with tinted windows. Authorities say other witness information led detectives to Adkins as the suspect. According to police, both females are recovering from their wounds.

On June 10, homicide detectives arrested Greg Griffin, 20, for the shooting death of Rasheen "Bo Cat" Alexander, 19, of the 400 block of Carolyn St., that took place at Eagle and Augusta streets on June 9.

Residents of the area surrounded the June 9 crime scene, demanding police action and offering information. They told police that the victim and shooter were seen running on Eagle St. before the shooter fired several shots at Alexander. According to reports, some shots were fired after the victim had fallen. Police say witness information led detectives to Griffin.

"Witnesses are the key to solving these crimes," said SCMPD Chief Willie Lovett in a press release. "Clearly, some residents of the west Savannah area are frustrated with crime in their area and are coming forward. Without that, we probably would not have been able to solve these crimes. Now, we need help with the others. We are certain that someone knows who committed these crimes and probably others. They can help us get dangerous people off the streets."

Detectives are still seeking additional information in the shooting deaths of a 51-year-old man on Cleland Street, a 33-year-old man on the 1300 block of West Bay Street, and a 24-year-old college student in a park at the Hudson Hill Community Center on Hudson Street.

Police found Maurice Lipsey, 51, of the 600 block of Cleland Street, shot to death beside a relatives house on the 500 block of Cleland in the Hudson Hill area at about 7 a.m. June 20. According to police, Lipsey had been shot multiple times. Detectives and family members of the victim met with news media representatives in an attempt to solicit information on the shooting death, but addition information is still needed to identify the shooter.

Patrol officers responding to a shooting call found William Bass Jr., 33, shot to death beside West Bay Street at about 1 a.m. March 13. Police say he was clutching two $1 bills when he died.

Police found William George Anderson, 24, near a picnic table in the park with multiple gunshot wounds at about 8 a.m. Nov. 3, 2012.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 912.234.2020, the confidential tip line at 912.525.3124, or text CRIMES (274637).

Copyright 2013 WTOC. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly