Kidnapping call leads police to murder suspect

Kidnapping call leads police to murder suspect
Posted at 11:36 PM, May 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-25 23:36:56-04

ELSMERE, Ky. -- What started as a kidnapping report ended with the arrest of a West Virginia murder suspect, Elsmere police said.

A clerk at a business on Dixie Highway reported a possible kidnapping at about 10:45 a.m. Wednesday. According to the Elsmere Police Department, the clerk told officers the vehicle had left, and they later found it near Bartlett Avenue and Dixie Highway.

The officers figured out there was no kidnapping, but they said they found methamphetamine and arrested the people in the vehicle on drug-related charges.

They also said they learned one of the suspects, Brandon Lee Fitzpatrick, may be wanted in connection with a homicide in Mingo County, West Virginia.

West Virginia troopers came to the Elsmere Police Department and got an arrest warrant for Fitzpatrick on charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, Elsmere police said.

Fitzpatrick, 18, of Louisa, Kentucky, is being held at the Kenton County Detention Center. He also was charged in Kentucky with possession of a controlled substance.

Elsmere police charged another suspect from the traffic stop -- Angela K. Marcum, 43, of Delphos, Ohio -- with trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, falsely reporting an incident and operating with an expired license. She, too, was taken to the Kenton County Detention Center.