Monday, June 11, 2001

Suspect in 3 killings captured

Mother, daughter, neighbor dead in Lincoln Heights

By Jane Prendergast and Cindi Andrews
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LINCOLN HEIGHTS — A man suspected of killing a woman, her daughter and a neighbor, then shooting at a police officer as he escaped, was captured late Sunday.

        Stan Fitzpatrick, 33, was arrested at the Motel 6 on East Kemper Road in Sharonville by Hamilton County sheriff's deputies, a clerk at the Sharonville Police Department confirmed.

        He said Sharonville officers were called in for support but the arrest was handled by deputies. Beyond that, he would not elaborate and sheriff's officials released no information.

        Mr. Fitzpatrick was arrested on a warrant charging him with shooting at Lincoln Heights Sgt. D. Sumler late Saturday. No other charges had been filed by late Sunday.

        The arrest ended a 24-hour pursuit that began around 11 p.m. Saturday when, police say, Mr. Fitzpatrick fired three shots at Sgt. Sumler outside the Chicago Avenue house where Mr. Fitzpatrick sometimes lived with his girlfriend.

        The sergeant had responded to the house because somebody inside called 911 and hung up.

        The gun battle brought more officers to the house, where they found Elton “Arybie” Rose, a 64-year-old neighbor, fatally wounded. He had gone to check on Doreatha Hayes and her daughter, Shanay, whom neighbors had not seen for two or three days.

        Authorities found the bodies of Ms. Hayes and her daughter after Mr. Rose was taken to University Hospital, where he died. One of them was in a closet, said the Rev. H.L. Harvey Jr., Mr. Rose's younger brother and pastor of New Friendship Baptist Church in Avondale.

        The Rev. Mr. Harvey said authorities think they had been dead for several days but a clerk at the Hamilton County coroner's office said it was too early to make any statements about identification or cause and time of death.

        Ms. Hayes, whom neighbors described as in her early 40s, had grown up in the house where she died. Her daughter was a student at Princeton Junior High School.

        Their killer “destroyed a lot of families,” neighbor Pamela Hunn said. “This is a very quiet street.”

        She last saw Ms. Hayes several days ago when Ms. Hayes brought flowers home to plant in her garden. She noticed Mr. Fitzpatrick driving Ms. Hayes' SUV on Saturday, the same day Ms. Hayes missed a hair appointment.

        “She's faithful at getting her hair done,” Ms. Hunn said.

        She described Shanay as “a very mannerable little girl” who liked Barbie dolls and music.

        Ms. Hayes' sister lives on Wabash Avenue, three blocks away. Paramedics were called there Sunday morning to help a distraught woman. More than a dozen people stood outside the house, talking to one another about the killings.

        Mr. Rose was a former vice president of a chemical workers' union who had coached boxing. ,

        The Rev. Mr. Harvey spoke of the deaths Sunday morning during services. He asked the congregation to pray for the families and to help pay the airfare for two siblings of Mr. Rose who want to come for the funeral.

        Detectives from the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office took over the investigation.

        A 911 call rang in to Hamilton County dispatch at 10:50 p.m. Saturday from 867 Chicago Ave. The caller hung up without saying anything.

        A call taker, following policy, dialed the phone number back. But an answering machine picked up. That's when Sgt. Sumler was dispatched to check for a possible problem.

        The sergeant and Mr. Fitzpatrick confronted each other in the front yard of Ms. Hayes' house. Police said Mr. Fitzpatrick shot first, and the officer took cover and fired back. That's when the suspect jumped into the sergeant's cruiser and drove away.

        Lincoln Heights Police Chief Ernie McCowen called it an ambush.

        “We back him,” the chief said of Sgt. Sumler. “We feel he handled everything correctly.”

        The previous homicide in Lincoln Heights was in December. Sgt. Sumler's patrol car was found about a block away on Matthews Drive. At about 2 a.m., a resident of nearby Medosh Street reported the theft of a 1998 white Honda Accord. Investigators suspect Mr. Fitzpatrick took that after he ditched the cruiser.

        Another Medosh Street resident, Montika Pitts, told deputies Mr. Fitzpatrick burst into her house, then he ran up the street and stole the Honda. Investigators worked inside her house Sunday afternoon, although it was not clear whether the stolen Honda belonged to Ms. Pitts.

        Ben Kaufman and Kristina Goetz contributed to this report.

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