Sunday, August 06, 2000

Two of three suspects in murder arrested




The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Two people wanted in the murder of a Colerain Township man were arrested early Saturday.

        Sonya McKibbon, 24, and Merrow “Melrose” Cole, 21, were each indicted on aggravated murder and aggravated robbery charges by a Hamilton County grand jury Thursday.

        Police are still looking for a third suspect, Demetric Reynolds, 21. His last known address was in Detroit.

        Ms. McKibbon and Mr. Cole, both of Walnut Hills, were being held in the Hamilton County Justice Center Saturday, awaiting arraignment.

        Bubacarr Kassama, 25, was found dead on a sidewalk in the 2100 block of Fulton Avenue in Walnut Hills on July 9. Homicide Unit officers said robbery was the apparent motive for the shooting. They said Mr. Kassama and a friend were at the Yacht Club in Clifton Heights when they met two women.

        Authorities said the four went to Fulton Avenue in a vehicle driven by Mr. Kassama. One of the women talked to a man on the street, then led the other occupants of the car into a building on Fulton.

        When Mr. Kassama, his friend and the other woman exited the building a few minutes later, an unknown male approached Mr. Kassama and demanded his jewelry.

        Police said witnesses told them Mr. Kassama was shot within moments. The two women and the friend fled.

        Homicide Unit officers ask anyone with information about Mr. Reynolds' whereabouts to call 352-3542 or Crimestoppers at 352-3040. Callers may remain anonymous and may receive compensation for their information.

       



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