Sunday, January 16, 2000

Jaywalking ticket leads to suspect in store clerk's killing

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Mable Washington
        A jaywalking ticket led Cincinnati police to a suspect in the Christmas shooting death of a West End store clerk.

        On Saturday, police investigators charged 19-year-old Altone A. Shaheed, of the 1900 block of Westwood-Northern Boulevard, with aggravated murder and aggravated robbery in the incident. He had been in jail accused of jaywalking and carrying a concealed gun on Jan. 4.

        Cincinnati police accuse Mr. Shaheed of killing Mabel Malcolm Washington while robbing Cornell's Grocery at 516 W. Liberty St. on Christmas night. Mrs. Washington volunteered to help out at the store on her day off, when the robbery took place.

        “I am glad to see somebody has been arrested,” said Cornell Hope, the store's owner. He closed his store for about a week after the robbery. He was at the grocery at the time and had a gun held to his face while the robber demanded his money.

        Mrs. Washington's family and friends have been taking her death “pretty rough,” Mr. Hope said. He hopes the arrest of a suspect can ease some of that pain.

        Cincinnati police investigators were not saying much Saturday night about the arrest or what led them to Mr. Shaheed.

        Hamilton County jail and court records show that Mr. Shaheed had been accused of crossing against a “Do not walk” sign on Jan. 4 at the intersection of Reading Road and Lincoln Avenue in Corryville and was later indicted for carrying a concealed weapon that day.

        He had been held in the Hamilton County Justice Center since then.

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