*Suspicion rose when rapper Cassidy was arrested over the weekend. Rumors spread that he was a suspect in a murder. But it turns out he was arrested solely on probation violation charges. He’s not a suspect.
“In reference to the recent inquires regarding Barry Reese [Cassidy], on Saturday, May 14, 2011, Reese was arrested by Hackensack Police for a probation violation for a previous aggravated assault incident in Philadelphia,” the PPD public affairs office said in a statement. “Reese was placed in probation violation status for non-reporting only. Reese is currently being held in Bergen County Prison awaiting extradition to Philadelphia. Reese is not wanted for any other crime / violation in Philadelphia.”
Police originally reported that the rapper was considered “armed and dangerous.” After leaving his New Jersey home on Saturday, law enforcement followed him and apprehended him.
The arrest stems from an arrest back in 2005. He was sentenced to 11-23 months in prison for a first-degree murder charge. It was later reduced to involuntary manslaughter for the shooting death of 22-year-old Desmond Hawkins.
He was released from prison March of 2006 after serving eight months.
*Detroit police have arrested a man suspected to be the rapist who “terrorized” women on the city’s Northeast side, the police chief said Monday.
Raynard Coleman, 31, was taken into custody without incident last Wednesday, after DNA evidence tied him to six of seven assaults that have taken place in the city since January 1, Chief Ralph Godbee said.
Police believe the suspect targeted the females, ages 17 to 33, as they waited at or were walking near bus stops. The victims were taken to nearby vacant buildings and assaulted, according to the chief.
Detroit police set up a 24-hour operational command post, which was manned by a specialized joint task force, to receive tips about the attacks, Godbee said. Tips also came in on Facebook, he said.
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*A suspect in a series of stabbing deaths in three states was arrested Wednesday night at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport as he was about to board a flight, Atlanta police said.
Details of the arrest, including the man’s name, were not immediately known. However, a law-enforcement source told the Washington Post that the man was about to board a flight for Tel Aviv.
Authorities told the AJC that Michigan officials alerted airport authorities that the man was at Hartsfield-Jackson. He was intercepted at a gate but it was not known if he had passed through the security checkpoint in Atlanta or if he was changing planes and did not have to clear security here, authorities said.
APD was one of several law-enforcement agencies that cooperated on the arrest at 9:45 p.m.
“He was definitely trying to leave on a flight from Hartsfield,” police spokesman Carlos Campos said. “We’re strictly holding him for Michigan authorities.”
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