Tuesday, June 12, 2001

$3.5M bond set in triple slayings




By David Eck and Michael D. Clark
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LINCOLN HEIGHTS — When Stan Fitzpatrick saw his mother about 1 a.m. Sunday, Joycette Fitzpatrick-Johnson said she sensed something was wrong with her 33-year-old son.

        It wasn't until hours later that she heard a news report saying her son had been arrested, suspected of killing three people in Lincoln Heights.

        Mr. Fitzpatrick — accused of killing his girlfriend, her daughter and a “good Samaritan” neighbor — was arraigned Monday and charged with three counts of murder.

        Mr. Fitzpatrick was arrested Sunday night at Motel 6 on East Kemper Road in Sharonville by Hamilton County sheriff's deputies acting on a tip. Mr. Fitzpatrick, who remains in custody at the Hamilton County Justice Center, was ordered held on bonds totaling $3.5 million.

        He faces two murder charges and one count of aggravated murder in the deaths of Doreatha Hayes, 41, with whom he occasionally lived at 687 Chicago Ave. in Lincoln Heights; her 13-year-old daughter, Shenay Hayes; and Elton “Arybie” Rose, a 64-year-old neighbor.

        He also was charged with felonious assault in connection with shooting at a Lincoln Heights police officer.

        The alleged violence was out of character for Mr. Fitzpatrick, his mother said Monday.

        “He wouldn't hurt a fly,” she said. “He just snapped.

        “I'm relieved, though, knowing that he's not out there running from the police.”

        Police offered few details about the killings Monday.

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

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

        Police found the bodies of the Ms. Hayes and her daughter inside. Mr. Rose was wounded there and died later at University Hospital.

        Mr. Fitzpatrick is scheduled to appear before the grand jury on June 20.

       



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