Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Four arrested near fatal shooting site

By Jane Prendergast and Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Cincinnati police Monday raided an Over-the-Rhine apartment at the address of the city's 27th homicide of 2003, arresting four people suspected of being drug dealers, and on Tuesday issued a warrant for a man in that shooting death.

But the suspect, Harold William Croft, remains at large. Croft, a 27-year-old known to frequent Over-the-Rhine and Springfield Township, is accused of shooting to death Thomas Koroma, 30, of Clifton on April 16. Koroma was found in the middle of Republic Street about 2:15 a.m. that day. .

Police ask anyone with information about Croft to call homicide detectives at 352-3542 or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.Those arrested in the raid at the 1223 Republic St. apartment Monday were:

• Jaamal Shaw, 20, charged with two counts of weapons under disability, and Frances Blackshear, 19, charged with trafficking in drugs, drug possession and permitting drug abuse. Both lived at the Republic Street address.

• Marcus Daniels, 19, of 240 Earnshaw Ave., charged with weapons under disability. He also had two outstanding warrants for his arrest on traffic violations.

• Vyvian Smith, 27, of 848 Glenwood Ave., charged with drug possession.

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