CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Cleveland Police announced Wednesday that officers arrested a suspect in the Slavic Village quadruple homicide.
Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia offered the following statement:
“The Cleveland Division of Police announces that a male has been booked for Aggravated Murder in the July 9, 2019 deaths of David Cousin, Jr., Takeyra Collins, Armond Johnson, Jr., and Aubree Stone. City of Cleveland leadership and Homicide investigators will provide an update on the arrested male’s identity and charges.”
Ciaccia said further details would be released during a press conference on Thursday at 1 p.m. on East 63rd Street, near the scene of the crime.
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Police Chief Calvin Williams will be on hand to provide details during the presser.
Police said two of the four victims found murdered in Slavic Village Tuesday morning were children and died from smoke inhalation. There was evidence of arson at the scene, including an accelerant, officials said.
The two adult victims were fatally shot.
According to police, the body of David Cousin Jr., 35, was found in an open lot at 3708 East 63rd Street around 8 a.m.
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner said Cousin was shot in the head and chest.
Cousin's girlfriend of more than 15 years says she'd come over late the night the killings happened.
But, his door was locked, and no lights were on.
“I thought he might have went to sleep because he had a long day at work,” she said.
Around 8 in the morning, police say a woman called 911, reporting his body was laying in this field next to his house.
So all the time his girlfriend, Denneisha Mapp, spent calling him here the night before, he was lying just feet away from her.
“I was shattered. David was loved by a lot of people,” Mapp said.
Cleveland police said while officers were knocking on doors in the neighborhood looking for leads, they saw the two dead children through a window of the home at 3708 East 63rd Street.
Officers climbed through the window and found the children and their mom, Keyra Collins, 25, dead.
Officers said Collins and the children, Armond Johnson Jr., 6, and Aubree Stone, 2, were pronounced dead at the scene.
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner said Collins was shot in the back and stomach and the children died of smoke inhalation.
Cleveland police are asking anyone with information to contact them at 216-623-5464.
Mapp says Cousin had told her about some commotion in the house behind him in the past.
“He did mention some type of dispute that happened over here and the guy was arrested,” she told 19 News.
We’re still waiting for police to tell us what led up to the killings, but Mapp says Keyra’s mother told her Keyra’d texted her Monday night saying a man was at her house threatening her.
Mapp thinks Cousin may have tried to help her.
“He’s not that type of person to walk away from a situation with women and children involved,” she said. “We’re not sure exactly what happened, but I know if he did have a hand in it he would have tried to stop it as much as he could.”