Homicide victim's mom: I always had faith in CPD

Posted at 1:30 PM, Feb 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-10 04:21:16-05

CINCINNATI – A Cincinnati man accused of killing a woman in a double shooting was captured Monday by Florida authorities.

Cincinnati police said Michael Prewitt, 40, shot and killed Kesha Jendrysik, 35, and wounded a man in the 900 block of Purcell Avenue at about 11 a.m. on Dec. 8. Prewitt later led officers on a chase that culminated in a SWAT response and his escape.

Soon after Cincinnati police issued a warrant for Prewitt’s arrest, they said they received information he was hiding out in Orlando, Florida.

"I should have suspected that, because he was always talking about going to Disney World," Kesha Jendrysik's mother, Polly, said. "So I should have known."

Kesha Jendrysik (Provided)

Cincinnati police then contacted agents with the U.S. Marshals’ Florida Caribbean Regional Fugitive Task Force who tracked Prewitt down in the Orlando metro area and arrested him on the outstanding Cincinnati charges.

Prewitt remains in custody at the Orange County Sheriff's Office and will soon be extradited to Cincinnati. Police said he could face a new charge of murder from the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas.

"I never doubted my police department," Polly Jendrysik said. "I have always had faith in them, but my highest faith is in God."

Jendrysik had two children, ages 16 and 9, who now live with their grandmother, Polly. 

"They are emotionally heartbroken because now they got to grow up without their mother, and that was their best friend," she told WCPO in December. "She was a sweet, kind, gentle person. She always tried to help when she could.”

Polly Jendrysik said the shooting happened when she, Jendrysik and Jendrysik's boyfriend were sitting down for a cup of coffee.

"If only he had loved her like he said he did, he wouldn't have taken my baby away," she said.