PD: Suspect, 27, charged in Evanston murders

Posted at 12:22 AM, Oct 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-04 00:22:10-04

CINCINNATI -- Police arrested a suspect Friday night in the murders of two people in Evanston, District 2 Capt. Jeff Butler said.

William Smith, 27, was arrested at around 11:45 p.m. Friday by Cincinnati Police's homicide unit and fugitive apprehension unit.

Smith was charged with murder for the deaths of Alma Jean Owens, 57, and Macarthur Jackson, 72, two neighbors who were stabbed to death, according to their families, on Thursday night.

Neighbors said they heard arguing and loud noises around 7 p.m., but no one made much of it until four hours later. That's when firefighters were called to make a wellness check at the second-floor apartment on Fairfield Avenue.

They found a gruesome scene. Three doors away, police found a bloody bag. Witnesses said it contained money.

The crime stunned the neighborhood just days after a drive-by shooting down the street wounded five people – including a 3-year-old boy - during an outdoor barbecue.

Neighbors described Owens are a caring mother of two and Jackson as "a pillar in the community."

Police haven't identified any possible motives or connection between Smith and the victims.

Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to call the Criminal Investigation Section at 352-3542 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 352-3040 or text “CINTIP” plus your message to CRIMES (274637).  Callers may remain anonymous and may receive compensation for their information.