A cell phone seized at a crime scene in north Memphis has been linked to a double homicide suspect.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Memphis Police said they arrested a man in connection with a shooting that killed two people in northern Memphis on Monday, and a cell phone helped police locate the suspect.
Police said the two were killed outside a house in Eldridge Block 2000 with apparent gunshot wounds. The man and a woman were inside a red Pontiac Grand Prix, and they were pronounced dead at the scene by Memphis firefighters.
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Police noted 32 9mm shell casings on the ground outside the vehicle as well as a black cell phone left on the ground.
Police obtained a search warrant for the phone found at the scene. After analysis, they determined that the phone belonged to a Jacquez Howell.
Memphis police examined the CCTV footage and found a dark-colored Nissan Maxima with a damaged right rear panel parked behind the Pontiac Grand Prix.
Police said the Nissan Maxima rolled over Eldridge and stopped in the middle of the road. Police reported that the Maxima’s passenger side window was opening and what appeared to be smoke in the air was coming from the Pontiac Grand Prix.
Two days later, MPD spotted a damaged blue Nissan Maxima that matched the description of the car seen on Eldridge.
Police said they tried to park the vehicle for a traffic check, but the driver refused to stop or stop. They chased him to Mendenhall Block 1000.
Howell, whose cell phone was found at the Eldridge crime scene, was the driver. Officers said they pursued Howell until he jumped out of the vehicle and fled. The police pursued him on foot and caught him at the exit of Macon Road. After stopping Howell, MPD searched his car and verified the vehicle identification. They noted that there was a gun prominently on the center console. Police said it was a Model XD9 Springfield 9mm handgun. It was loaded with 13 cartridges and one in the chamber. MEMPHIS 2021 HOMICIDE MAP
Police recorded the vehicle’s VIN number and it turned out that it was reported stolen on July 17. Memphis police say they questioned Howell and he admitted to stealing the Nissan on September 11. Police said they showed him photos of the victims. in the homicides, and he confirmed that he knew one of them.
Police pressed him on the cell phone, but Howell said he lost his phone two months earlier. Police said they asked Howell how his phone got to the scene of a homicide, and he said they didn’t know how he got there. According to the records, Howell is currently facing two charges of first degree murder, theft of property, evasion of arrest, resisting arrest and illegal possession of a weapon. A cell phone found at the crime scene has been linked to a double homicide suspect in north Memphis.
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- A cell phone seized at a crime scene in north Memphis has been linked to a double homicide suspect.
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