ONGOING: Gang-related homicides being inestigated by APD



All 'Persons of Interest' have been interviewed; APD still searching for leads.

UPDATE:July 11, 8 a.m. - O'shay Brown has been interviewed by the Ardmore Police Department and released. There are no immediate persons of interest involving the two homicides, but police continue to search for leads.

 

Sheriff: McGee, girlfriend arrested on second-degree burglary charges; APD interviews McGee on homicides

UPDATE: July 7, 2 p.m. - Carter County Sheriff Milton Anthony has confirmed with the Southern Oklahoma Radio Center that Ricky McGee, Jr. was placed under arrest for second degree burglary yesterday and was questioned by the Ardmore Police Department.

Anthony said at around 11 a.m. Sunday, a homeowner at 154 Badger Road called to report that someone was in her home, most likely her daughter, who was not supposed to be in the home. She also advised that her daughter was dating McGee and that Deputies should be aware.

Deputies arrived at the home, knocked on the doors and eventually found Monica Roberts in a back room of the home, knocked on the window and asked her to open the door. Upon searching the home, deputies found McGee under a bed in a back bedroom of the home.

McGee was arrested for second degree burglary and Roberts was arrested for second degree burglary, possession of drug paraphernalia (meth), and obstructing an officer.


Anthony said both are still behind bars at the Carter County Detention Center. He also said that Ardmore investigators did question McGee about the recent homicides, but said McGee, "refused to talk to them in that regard."

UPDATE: July 7, 11 a.m. - Captain Eric Hamblin with the Ardmore Police Department told the Southern Oklahoma Radio Center this morning that Ricky McGee, Jr. was arrested Sunday on unrelated charges, and was then questioned by investigators regarding last week's murders.

Hamblin was not aware of any of the details from the interview and could not comment on whether McGee was still a person of interest or if he was cleared from the case.

O'shay Brown now remains the lone 'Person of Interest' at this time regarding the homicides, but Hamblin said they still need witnesses to come forward with any information to move further along in the case.


UPDATE: July 7, 8 a.m. - The list of 'Persons of Interest' regarding two homicides that took place a week ago is down to two one.

The Ardmore Police Department is reporting that Dimitri Washington talked with investigators on Saturday regarding the murders and was eventually released and taken off of the list of those wanted for questioning.

The list of people wanted for questioning now stands at two one with O'shay Brown and Ricky McGee Jr.


UPDATE: July 3, 8 a.m. - Authorities are reporting that Rodney Cohee, who was wanted for questioning regarding the Sunday and Monday morning homicides, is no longer a person of interest.

Cohee voluntarily came to the police department and talked with detectives
Wednesday evening, then was released.

The 'persons of interest' list now consists of only three two one names - Ricky McGee Jr., Dimitri Washington and O'shay Brown, whose name was added July 2.


UPDATE: July 2, 8 a.m. - The Ardmore Police Department is reporting that they have another 'person of interest' regarding Sunday
and Monday's murders in Ardmore.

APD is looking for O'shay Shadon Brown in hopes that he could help lead investigators to answers regarding both Sunday and Monday morning's homicides, which are believed to be linked and gang-related.

UPDATE: July 1, 9 a.m. - Captain Kevin Norris of the Ardmore Police Department tells the Southern Oklahoma Radio Center that Juaren Dezaun McGee, Sr. came to the police department and was interviewed Monday night.

"We did have one come in, Juaren came in. We interviewed him and then he was released," Norris said.

McGee was one of the original four 'persons of interest' wanted for questioning regarding two homici
des on Sunday and Monday morning.

Now, authorities are focusing their efforts on locating the others - Ricky Gene McGee, Jr., Rodney Marquis Cohee and Norman Dimitri Levoy Washington III, in addition to O'shay Brown - and on solving the Sunday morning murder.


"We're confident, if we can solve the first one, it will lead us to the suspects on the second one," Norris said.

But the department needs help. Unfortunately, no one has come forward with any witness accounts from the Sunday morning homicide of Volonte Anderson at All-Starz Sports Bar. But Norris is confident that someone saw what happened.

"That parking lot was full when it happened, so somebody saw what happened... there's
no way they could not have," he said.

Norris also said that despite rumors, no gang violence occurred in Ardmore Monday (June 30) night. There were several reports of fights in the area of the Monday morning homicide, but they were not related to the investigation.

Norris said extra officers were put on patrol last night to ensure public safety, but nothing out of the norm occurred.



June 30, 6 p.m. - Ardmore police believe that the Sunday (June 29) morning homicide of 31-year-old Volonte
Anderson and Monday (June 30) morning’s homicide of 59-year-old Ella Loftis are linked and could possibly be gang-related.

Captain Kevin Norris of the Ardmore police Department confirmed with the Southern Oklahoma Radio Center Monday afternoon that the department does believe the two shootings are connected and gang-related, based on interviews conducted this morning, who the victims are, and who their potential suspects are.

Norris said the department has some persons of interest they would like to bring in for questioning regarding the homicides. Those people are identified as O'shay Shadon Brown, Ricky Gene McGee, Jr.; Juaren Dezaun McGee, Sr.; Rodney Marquis Cohee and Norman Dimitri Levoy Washington III.

If you have any information on these individuals, or their whereabouts, you are asked to contact the Ardmore Police Department immediately.

Sunday Night: Volonte Anderson killed in parking lot of All Starz Sports Bar

Volonte Anderson was killed early Sunday morning when an altercation outside of All-Starz Sports Bar turned deadly.

Ardmore police say the 31-year-old was killed at around 2 a.m. Sunday morning when he reportedly got into an altercation outside of the bar, located in the 1100 block of south Commerce.

As the bar was closing, the altercation turned physical and at some point, shots were fired and Anderson was struck in the head.

He was flown to an Oklahoma City Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

It is unclear how many shots were fired, though police say nine casings were found in the parking lot, all from the same caliber of weapon.


Monday Morning: Ella Loftis found dead on her front porch of multiple gunshot wounds


Captain Kevin Norris of the Ardmore Police Department told the Southern Oklahoma Radio Center Monday, that at around 6:50 a.m., Ardmore dispatch received a call from a motorist who said they believed they saw a deceased woman on her front porch in the 900 block of A Street, NE.

When officers arrived at the address, they found 59-year-old Ella Loftis dead on her front porch from numerous gunshot wounds. Norris said they cannot confirm the number of wounds until an autopsy is performed.

At around 3:30 a.m., police received a call for possible shots fired "in the area," according to Norris, "but not that specific address."

Officers arrived in the area, did not observe anyone on foot or leaving the area and no additional shots were heard, so reports were deemed unfounded until this morning's discovery.

Norris encourages anyone with information on either homicide, or on any of the persons of interest to contact Ardmore Police at (580) 223-1212.

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