Re­ward of­fered for in­for­ma­tion on homi­cides

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

COATESVILLE >> A re­ward is be­ing of­fered for help with in­for­ma­tion about the last four homi­cides in the city.

The Penn­syl­va­nia Crime Stop­pers and the Ch­ester County Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s of­fice is of­fer­ing a com­bined to­tal re­ward of $4,000 for in­for­ma­tion on the ar­rest and con­vic­tion of any per­son(s) in­volved in the four un­solved homi­cides in Coatesville this year. There have been a to­tal of seven homi­cides in Coatesville this year.

The Coatesville Po­lice De­part­ment and the Ch­ester County De­tec­tives are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the re­cent homi­cides that oc­curred within two weeks of each other, in­clud­ing a dou­ble homi­cide and a homi­cide that fol­lowed the day af­ter that. Coatesville po­lice re­sponded to shots fired in the 500 block of East Lin­coln High­way on Sept. 28 around 3:20 a.m. Upon ar­rival, po­lice said they

found David Fitzsimmons, 56, of Coatesville, dead from a gun­shot wound and Wil­liam “Basil” Chance, 46, of Philadel­phia and Coatesville, was shot as well. He died later that morn­ing at the hospi­tal. Po­lice said they dis­cov­ered a con­trolled sub­stance and drug para­pher­na­lia in­side the apart­ment. Coatesville po­lice re­sponded to shots fired in Mo­dena Al­ley, west of the unit block of South Sixth Av­enue, on Sept. 29 at 5:08 a.m. Upon ar­rival, po­lice said they found Da­mon Wylie, 50, of Coatesville, ly­ing on the ground with mul­ti­ple gun­shot wounds. He was trans­ported to the hospi­tal where he later suc­cumbed from his in­juries.

Coatesville po­lice re­sponded to the 600 block of Bel­mont Street for a re­port of shots fired on Oct. 3 at about 6:40 p.m. Upon ar­rival, po­lice said they lo­cated Kevin P. Jal­bert ly­ing on the ground suf­fer­ing from mul­ti­ple gun­shot wounds. He was trans­ported to the hospi­tal where he died from his in­juries. He was a 36-year-old vet­eran of South Carolina who was re­cently dis­charged from the Coatesville Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Med­i­cal Cen­ter hospi­tal in Caln.

Coatesville po­lice made ar­rests in the first three homi­cides of the year. Po­lice ar­rested an as­so­ciate of the vic­tim in each of the first three homi­cides this year.

The pub­lic can con­tact the Penn­syl­va­nia Crime Stop­pers anony­mously at 1-800-4PATIPS, the Coatesville Po­lice De­part­ment at 610-3842300 or the Ch­ester County De­tec­tives at 610-344-6801. Anony­mous tips can be sub­mit­ted via text mes­sage to TIP411 (847411) with key word “Coatesville” or by down­load­ing the Coatesville Po­lice Mo­bile Phone App.

Visit Daily Lo­cal News staff writer Gin­ger Rae Dun­bar’s blog about jour­nal­ism and vol­un­teer­ing as a fire­fighter at Fire­fight­erGinger.blogspot.com.

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