Monday, October 5, 2009

Violent crimes initiative leads to capture of murder suspect

A nice finish to our violent crimes initiative last week was the capture of 30-year-old Ronald Taylor, who has now been charged with the murder of 27-year-old William E. Harmon on April 5, 2009. Taylor's picture is above.

The homicide happened at 1210 ½ Independence Ave at about 3:18 a.m. that day. Witnesses reported they had been drinking and doing drugs when they heard shots in another room, and all of them fled the apartment, including the suspect, Ronald Taylor. Police found the apartment abandoned with Harmon’s body left inside. Taylor had been on the run for nearly six months until he was apprehended Thursday, Oct. 1, as 200 officers fanned out through the city seeking information in three other unsolved murders.

Taylor has been charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in Harmon’s death. He is being held on a $500,000 cash-only bond.

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