Ar­rest made in homi­cide

DA Ho­gan: Good work by Coatesville Po­lice Depart­ment, Ch­ester County De­tec­tives

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Ginger Rae Dun­bar gdun­bar@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @GingerDun­bar on Twit­ter

COATESVILLE >> Ch­ester County District At­tor­ney Tom Ho­gan an­nounced Mon­day an ar­rest in the homi­cide of a home­less Pottstown man who was shot 11 times.

Coatesville po­lice and Ch­ester County De­tec­tives ar­rested Lenn “But­ter” Tucker on Fri­day night for the Aug. 26 mur­der of Alex Hartzell, 24, of Pottstown, Ho­gan said. The al­leged charges in­clude first-de­gree mur­der, pos­sess­ing an in­stru­ment of crime, be­ing a con­victed felon in pos­ses­sion of a firearm and re­lated charges, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice re­port and on­line crim­i­nal docket. Tucker, 25, with res­i­dences listed in Coatesville and Philadel­phia, was re­manded to Ch­ester County Prison and de­nied bail be­cause

of his al­leged charges.

Hartzell was shot 11 times in the body and head, ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal re­port.

“The vic­tim’s fam­ily ex­pressed re­lief that an ar­rest had been made and grat­i­tude for the hard work of law en­force­ment,” Ho­gan said.

The crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­volved gath­er­ing video record­ings from mul­ti­ple sources, re­con­struct­ing the event based on crime scene foren­sics and the record­ing, in ad­di­tional to in­ter­view­ing wit­nesses.

“This was good work by the Coatesville Po­lice Depart­ment and the Ch­ester County De­tec­tives,” Ho­gan said. “They com­bined ex­pert use of tech­nol­ogy with old-fash­ioned po­lice work of in­ter­view­ing ev­ery­body with any con­nec­tion to the area.”

Coatesville po­lice re­sponded to a 911 call of a re­port of shots fired in the area of North Sev­enth Av­enue and Di­a­mond Street on Aug. 26 at about 6:05 a.m. Upon a search of the area, Coatesville po­lice said they found a de­ceased white man, later iden­ti­fied as Hartzell, on the ground in the back­yard of a res­i­dence in the 600 block of East Ch­est­nut Street. Hartzell oc­ca­sion­ally resided in shel­ters in Coatesville, ac­cord­ing to the in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

One wit­ness told po­lice they were in the area of North Sev­enth Av­enue and Di­a­mond Street at the time of the shoot­ing and iden­ti­fied Tucker as the al­leged shooter, ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal re­port. A sec­ond wit­ness told po­lice that Tucker al­legedly sold drugs in the area of Sev­enth Av­enue and Di­a­mond Street, but had not re­turned to the area since the mur­der, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

De­tec­tives re­viewed video from that in­ter­sec­tion and said they ob­served Tucker and Hartzell meet there. Hartzell left the area and walked west on Di­a­mond Street to East Ch­est­nut Street, with Tucker re­port­edly fol­low­ing him. When Hartzell turned to face Tucker, de­tec­tives said Tucker al­legedly shot Hartzell nu­mer­ous times at close range. When Hartzell was on the ground, de­tec­tives said Tucker re­port­edly stood di­rectly over Hartzell and shot him sev­eral more times. Tucker re­port­edly left the scene and went west on Di­a­mond Street to­ward Sixth Av­enue, ac­cord­ing to the re­port. It was un­kown if the two men knew each other.

De­tec­tives said they in­ter­viewed Tucker on Sept. 9 at which time he re­port­edly ad­mit­ted to them that he was in the area of Sev­enth Av­enue and Di­a­mond Street on Aug. 26. Tucker re­port­edly told the de­tec­tives that he fol­lowed Hartzell that day on Di­a­mond Street, ac­cord­ing to the de­tec­tives. Tucker re­port­edly told po­lice that four other peo­ple were present in the back­yard of a res­i­dence in the 600 block of East Ch­est­nut Street when the shoot­ing oc­curred there. How­ever, po­lice said that the video record­ing shows only two peo­ple there at that time.

That was the third homi­cide in the city this year. City po­lice made ar­rests in both of the prior homi­cides.

Po­lice ask that any­one with ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion about this homi­cide con­tact Coatesville De­tec­tive Kevin Camp­bell at the Coatesville Po­lice Depart­ment at 610384-2300 or Ch­ester County De­tec­tive Jim Cilib­erto at 610-344-6866.

Lenn “But­ter” Tucker

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