Police, Families Hope Rewards Will Crack Unsolved Murders

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On Monday afternoon, the Mobile Police Department announced a $5,000 reward to anyone with information that could lead to an arrest in 12 recent unsolved murders in the City of Mobile.

The reward is a part of a new initiative by Mobile Police, called Operation City H.E.A.T. (Heightened Enforcement and Tactics), which is seeking to reduce gun violence in Mobile through several intelligence-led tactics, including traffic safety checks in high crime areas. Two safety checks have already been completed in the RV Taylor Housing Community and St. Stephen’s Road, which has to led multiple arrests and guns recovered off the street.

The increase in police presence comes after 12 murders in the month of October, including the shooting death of De’Launa Powell Anderson at the intersection of Duval Street and the I-10 Service Road early Tuesday one week ago. She was shot multiple times from outside her car while sitting at a stop sign.

“De’Launa began her day like many of us. She got up, got ready, got dressed, kissed her 5-year-old daughter goodbye, got into her car and began driving to work at Ingalls,” said Police Chief James Barber in a press release.

Chief Barber added, “This young lady could have been anyone’s daughter, mother, or wife. It appears that anyone that drove up to that stop sign at 4:12 a.m. that morning could have been the victim of a violent gun crime.”

Along with the reward from Mobile Police, there is an additional $5,000 reward for any information that might lead to an arrest of Anderson’s killer. The additional reward comes from Representative Napolean Bracy who started a GoFundMe page to raise money for the reward.

The list below was provided by the Mobile Police Department with information on 12 unsolved murder cases. If you have any information, please call Mobile Police at 251-208-7211 or CrimeStoppers at 251-208-7000.

Unsolved Murder Cases from Mobile Police:

1). Homicide on 1400 Block of Clover Leaf Circle North

Victim: Angelo Quinnie

Synopsis: On Friday, January 8, 2016 at approximately 9:00 p.m. officers responded to the 1400 block of Clover Leaf Circle North for a report of a person down. Officers located a 24-year-old male victim suffering from a stab wound. Mobile Fire-Rescue responded and pronounced the victim dead on the scene.

2). Homicide on 1900 Block of Canal Street

Victim: William Blevins

Synopsis: On Thursday, January 21, 2016 at approximately 12:45 a.m. officers responded to a report of one shot on the 1900 block of Canal Street. Upon arrival they found a deceased 48-year-old male in the front yard beside the open driver door of a sport utility vehicle. The body was transported for autopsy.

3). Homicide in the area of Butler Street and Warsaw Avenue

Victim: Corenzo Rogers

Synopsis: On Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at approximately 7:00 p.m. officers responded to the area of Butler Street at Warsaw Avenue for a report of one shot. Officers located the 18-year-old male victim in a vacant lot. Mobile-Fire Rescue responded and pronounced the victim deceased on the scene.

4). Homicide at Warren Inn

Victim: Darius Mose

Synopsis: On Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at approximately 10:51 p.m. officers responded to Warren Inn located at 6501 Airport Blvd for a report of shots fired. While en route, they received additional calls reporting a male was down at the location. Officers located the 21-year-old male victim suffering from an apparent gunshot. Mobile Fire-Rescue responded and pronounced the victim deceased on the scene.

5). Homicide in the area of Peach Street at Persimmon Street

Victim: Thaddeus Knight

Synopsis: On Saturday, May 7, 2016, at approximately 1:55 a.m. officers responded to the area of Peach Street at Persimmon Street for a report of one shot. Officers located 30-year-old Thaddeus Knight deceased on the side of the roadway. Mobile Fire-Rescue responded and pronounced the Knight dead on the scene.

6). Homicide on Government Street at Jackson Street

Victim: Lonnie Rayford

Synopsis: On Thursday, June 2, 2016, at approximately 10:20 p.m. officers responded to the area of Government Street at Jackson Street for a report of one shot. Officers located Lonnie Rayford, 48, in the backseat of the vehicle suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Mobile Fire-Rescue responded and pronounced the victim dead on the scene.

Preliminary investigation revealed Rayford got into a verbal argument with a small group of unknown females in the area of Board Street at Springhill Avenue. One of the females, armed with a handgun, shot and killed Rayford.

7). Homicide on 200 Block of Mt Island Drive West

Victim: Kerry Muzzey

Synopsis: On Friday, July 2, 2016, at approximately 10:33 a.m. officer responded to the 200 block of Mt. Island Drive West for a report of a male down inside a residence. Officers located the victim, 70-year-old Kerry Muzzey, deceased inside the residence.

8). Homicide at Baumhauer Park

Victim: Justin Sanders

Synopsis: On Monday, October 10, 2016, at approximately 7:05 a.m. officers responded to Baumhauer Park located at 1909 Duval Street for a report of a male subject down at the park. Officers located the 33-year-old male subject near the dugout area. Mobile Fire-Rescue responded and pronounced the victim deceased.

9). Homicide on 1800 Block of St. Stephens Road

Victim: William Hall

Synopsis: On Friday, October 14, 2016 at approximately 8:03 p.m. officers responded to the 1800 block of St. Stephens Road for a report of one shot. Officers located the 62-year-old male victim lying on the side of the roadway suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Mobile Fire-Rescue responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where he was later succumbed to his injuries.

10). Homicide at 8th and Lincoln Blvd

Victim: Gary McCovery

Synopsis: On Saturday, October 15, 2016 at approximately 7:29 p.m. officers responded and found the 35-year-old victim lying on 8th Street as the result of gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to the hospital where he died of his injuries.

11). Homicide at Intersection of Airport Blvd at I-65

Victim: Keith Washington

Synopsis: On Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 11:23 p.m. officers responded to the area of Airport Blvd at I-65 for a report of one shot. Officers located the 32-year-old male victim lying on the side of the road suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Mobile Fire-Rescue responded and pronounced the victim deceased.

12). Homicide in the area of Broad St at I-10 Service Road

Victim: De’Launa Powell Anderson

Synopsis: On Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at approximately 4:12 a.m. officers responded to the area of Broad Street at I-10 Service Road for a report of a single vehicle wreck. Officers arrived on the scene and discovered a 24-year-old female victim shot to death. The victim was transported to a local hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries.

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