OKC deal­ing with five homi­cides in four days

The Oklahoman - - FRONT PAGE - By Josh Wal­lace Staff writer jwal­[email protected]­la­homan.com

It was a vi­o­lent week­end in Oklahoma City, with five lives lost over the course of four days and po­lice of­fi­cials said there's no clear rea­son as to why.

“We re­ally have no ex­pla­na­tion why ,” said Capt . Bo Mathews, Oklahoma City Po­lice De­part­ment spokesman.

Stud­ies have shown that crime rates rise as fa­vor­able weather in­creases in the spring and sum­mer months, but Mathews said he didn't know how much weather played a part.

“We had a whole month of good weather, I mean we had some rain and stuff, but … noth­ing hap­pened, we didn't

have any homi­cides. Then, all of a sud­den over one week­end, this ran­dom one week­end, we had four.”

About 7:50 p.m. Friday, of­fi­cers were called to an apartment com­plex in the 7200 block of NW 10 on a re­ported shoot­ing. At the com­plex, of­fi­cers found 39- year-old Le­muel McCoy suf­fer­ing from a gun­shot wound.

McCoy was taken to a lo­cal hos­pi­tal where he died.

Wit­nesses at the scene told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that An­to­nio Bates, 43, had shot McCoy and fled the scene. Wit­nesses also said that McCoy was hav­ing a “men­tal health is­sue” and had been kick­ing his ve­hi­cle's wind­shield and then struck the side mir­ror of a car Bates was in. Bates re­port­edly ex­ited the car and fired mul­ti­ple shots at McCoy, ac­cord­ing to a court af­fi­davit.

Po­lice said as of Tues­day af­ter­noon that Bates re­mained at-large.

Hours af­ter McCoy died, po­lice were called out to in­ves­ti­gate a fatal shoot­ing on In­ter­state 235. Of­fi­cers ar­rived on scene to the 2400 block of I-235 about 2:10 a.m. where they found Ra she em Hen­der­son, 26, dead from a gun­shot wound and his twin brother, Ra he em Hen­der­son, suf­fer­ing from a gun­shot wound.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors de­ter­mined that the two men were in a ve­hi­cle trav­el­ing south on the high­way when as port util­ity ve­hi­cle pulled along the driver's side and opened fire. Ra­heem Hen­der­son was taken to a lo­cal hos­pi­tal, treated for his in­juries and r el eased. Satur­day was the twins' birth­day.

No ar­rests have been re­ported in the shoot­ing.

Also on Satur­day, Se­lena Es­calera-Pacheco was killed in her south­west Oklahoma City a par t ment. About 3 : 1 5 p.m., of­fi­cers ar­rived at the apartment com­plex in the 1200 block of W In­ter­state 240 Ser­vice Road.

In­side, of­fi­cers found Es­calera- Pacheco dead from what ap­peared to be a “vi­cious edged weapon at­tack.” A wit­ness told an in­ves­ti­ga­tor that the woman was stabbed to death by Gabriel Aguilar, 24, af­ter he en­tered her apartment, ac­cord­ing to a court af­fi­davit.

Aguilar then fled, but left his wallet at the crime scene. A wit­ness told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that they had seen text mes­sages be­tween the vic­tim and Aguilar which re­port­edly said “he would not al­low her to leave him.”

Aguilar was ar­rested and booked into the Oklahoma County jail on Mon­day on a com­plaint of mur­der.

On Mon­day, of­fi­cers shot and killed am an along In­ter­state 35. About 10:25 a.m. Mon­day, of­fi­cers were sent to the 1200 block of In­ter­state 3 5 where t he man was re­port­edly shoot­ing at ve­hi­cles trav­el­ing along the high­way.

Of­fi­cers gave com­mands for them an to drop the gun, which he did, but then re­port­edly picked it back up and faced of­fi­cers, po­lice re­ported. Two of­fi­cers opened fire, fa­tally strik­ing the man. His name has not been re­leased.

The man's death is con­sid­ered the 37th homi­cide in the city this year, which is the same num­ber of killings re­ported in the city in the same time frame for 2018.

Po­lice are also in­ves­ti­gat­ing an­other homi­cide dur­ing the four-day pe­riod but de­tails on the killing were not avail­able as of Tues­day af­ter­noon.

As for the wave of homi­cides in such a short time, Mathews said the rate of vi­o­lent crimes go up and down.

“It' s a roller coaster. It's re­ally hard to re­ally pre­dict and explain why we have so many at one point,” he said.

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