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Police Arrest Suspect in Holton Street Homicide

By: James Buechele; Alicia Turner; Lanetra Bennett Email
By: James Buechele; Alicia Turner; Lanetra Bennett Email
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Ira Eugene Reynolds Jr.- Suspect
Kerwin Houston- Victim

By: Lanetra Bennett
July 23, 2014

Tallahassee, FL - The search for a murder suspect is over. The man wanted for shooting and killing Kerwin Houston has been caught.

Authorities had been looking for Ira Reynolds, Jr. With the help of U.S. Marshals, he was finally arrested Wednesday morning -- almost two weeks after Kerwin Houston was shot to death in Tallahassee.

Tallahassee Police say they had a standoff with Ira Reynolds, Jr. at Apartment "D" of 1881 Nekoma Court. That's in the Sumerset Apartment Complex off Blountstown Highway.

The 26-year-old was eventually arrested around 7 a.m.

He was wanted for killing 23-year-old Kerwin Houston on July 12th. Houston was shot early that morning at apartments on Holton Street.

Jeffery Hill had been friends with Houston since they were in Pre-Kindergarten. He still can't believe his best friend is gone. He says, "Kerwin always did his own thing. He didn't bother nobody. Kerwin did not bother anybody. He was a funny, laughing, cheerful, playful guy like I am. That how he was. That's how he was."

The police report says the night Houston died, Reynolds came to the apartment where Houston and others were. Houston said he recognized Reynolds from when Reynolds tried to "jump" him during a previous encounter. The report says Reynolds got mad, and shot Houston.

Reynolds is charged with first degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.


Update: TPD
July 23, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Tallahassee police have arrested a man for a shooting on Holton Street earlier this month that left one person dead.

On July 17, TPD stated that Ira Eugene Reynolds, Jr. was wanted in connection with the shooting. Tallahassee police had been searching for Reynolds with the assistance of U.S. Marshals.

Authorities said they found Reynolds inside apartment “D” at 1881 Nekoma Court in Tallahassee this morning. After a brief standoff, he was taken into custody.

The incident occurred around 7 a.m.

Reynolds was transported to the Leon County Jail for processing and TPD says that additional charges are pending in relation to this case.


Update: TPD
July 17, 2014

TPD has developed probable cause for the arrest of Ira Eugene Reynolds Jr. who has an active warrant for First Degree Homicide and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon in connection with this case.

Community members with information about this case or the whereabouts of Mr. Reynolds are asked to please call TPD at 606-5800 or the Big Bend Crime Stoppers at 574-TIPS. Crime Stoppers does not want your name, just your information; and, you may be eligible for a cash reward.

See attached warrant for further details.


Update
By: Alicia Turner
July 14, 2014

Three people have been shot on Holton street in the past three weeks.

TPD says majority of people who live in the apartment complex are women and children.

"Some days its okay and other days you just lay down and hope no bullet don't hit you," said Linda Maines, Holton street resident.

Linda Maines has lived on Holton street for three and a half years. She says when she first got there it was quiet. Now she never knows whether her kids are safe. I asked her how often she hears gun shots in any given week.

"3,4, sometimes you think its fire crackers but then the next morning you see bullet shells laying around like wow, you don't know if you let your kids outside today are they going to come back alive," said Maines.

Maines is still shaken up, a body was found in the building right behind hers on Saturday.

Officer David Northway of TPD said "We got a call about a disturbance in the neighborhood, we got to the area of 2502 Holton street which is an apartment complex and unfortunately we did locate a male who was deceased."

That man has been identified as 23-year-old Kerwin Houston.

Zina Wiggins says she's only been living on Holton street for two months and she is ready to go.

Wiggins says she has already had a bullet come through her second floor window.

"Its kind of sad, you know I thought it was kind of calm over here, but now that I'm over here I'm really actually ready to move."

TPD has not identified a suspect in Houston's homicide and they're asking that anyone with more information contact them at 850-606-5800


Update: WCTV Eyewitness News
July 14, 2014

The victim of a weekend homicide has been identified.

The Tallahassee Police Department says that 23-year-old Kerwin Houston suffered an apparent gunshot wound early Saturday morning.

Investigators were called out to the Leon Arms Apartments at 2502 Holton St. around 3:30 Saturday morning.

A caller said that they could hear screaming and yelling coming from an apartment. Houston was found dead in one of the apartments.

Tallahassee police are asking for anyone with any information about this case to contact them at 850-606-5800.


Updated By: Natalie Rubino
July 12, 2014 - 2:00pm

A phone call reporting screaming and yelling brought Tallahassee Police Department officials to the 2502 Holton Street apartment complex early this morning, according to Tallahassee Police PIO, Dave Northway.

When police arrived they found a man, whose name has not yet been released, dead inside an apartment.

"It appears to be an intentional homicide," said Northway.

Officials couldn't name any suspects or tell us the injuries the man sustained. People like Julian Spring, who live at the complex say violence here is nothing new.

"It's a rough place to live," said Spring. "They're fighting. You have people fighting, shooting. It goes on all the time here," he said.

Police still haven't told Eyewitness News which apartment the man was found dead in, but residents indicate that the apartment with crime tape blocking of the front porch was where this morning's investigation took place.

TPD is asking that anyone with any information about what may have happened come forward.

"The smallest clue, a lot of times, will lead us to what we need to bring someone to justice in this case. And that's what we're trying to do," said Northway.

The forensics unit and criminal investigation unit were both called to the scene.


By: James Buechele
July 12, 2014 - 6:30am

Tallahassee, FL - The Tallahassee Police Department is investigating an early morning homicide in the south end of town.

Around 3:20 a.m., police were called out to an apartment complex at 2502 Holton Street. A caller said they could hear screaming and yelling coming from one of the apartments.

When TPD arrived, they found a male victim dead inside an apartment. Investigators say trying to find witnesses of an early morning crime can be harder than ones that happen in broad daylight.

"Our investigators will go door to door," said Tallahassee Police PIO Dave Northway. "They'll be knocking on doors trying to see if anybody heard or saw anything. The smallest clue a lot of times will lead us to what we need to bring someone to justice."

Police aren't releasing the name of the victim at this time or how he was killed. If you have any information on the case you're asked to call TPD at 850-606-5800.


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