CONCORD TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WOIO) - The Lake County Sheriff’s Office continues to provide insight into the double homicide investigation that shook the quiet town of Concord Township this weekend.
Sheriff Frank Leonbruno accused 27-year-old Blake Sargi as the suspect who fatally shot 38-year-old Heavenly Goddess Murphy-Jackson and 39-year-old William Larondez Jackson of Euclid.
The victims were shot in a GMC Yukon on Andrea Drive before Sargi went back to his home on Oakridge Drive, prompting SWAT to negotiate him out, according to the sheriff.
Here is a breakdown of the details Sheriff Leonbruno gave on Monday morning’s press conference:
The sheriff said dispatch received a call at 11:03 p.m. on Saturday from a woman saying her stepson, later identified as 27-year-old Blake Edward Sargi, had just killed two people in a car parked on Andrea Drive around 11 p.m. on Saturday night.
She then explained that her husband, his ex-wife , and her stepson were in a house on Oakridge Drive where there were multiple guns, according to Sheriff Leonbruno.
Sheriff Leonbruno said the stepmom told the dispatcher that she feared there would be a shooting if police showed up.
Deputy sheriffs were immediately sent to both scenes in addition to SWAT due to the nature of the call and the threat of armed violence, according to the sheriff.
When they got to the homicide scene, officials found the two bodies in the front seats of a white 2019 GMC Yukon near the intersection of Andrea Drive and Hoose Road, according to the sheriff.
The sheriff said both victims appeared to have been shot in the head.
Simultaneously, dozens of officers and the SWAT team surrounded Sargi’s home on Oakridge Drive, the sheriff said.
The SWAT team successfully negotiated the him out of the house in about 35 minutes, according to Sheriff Leonbruno.
Sheriff Leonbruno said no gun was pointed at officials during the SWAT situation, but a 9mm handgun believed to be involved with the homicide was recovered.
Andrea Drive and Oakridge Drive are just over half a mile apart and both off of Hoose Road.
(Note: The red pinpoints marking the streets are not indicators of where exactly on the street the separate incidents happened.)
Sheriff Leonbruno identified the victims on Monday as 38-year-old Heavenly Goddess Murphy-Jackson and 39-year-old William Larondez Jackson.
The sheriff said the last known address for both victims is in Euclid.
It is unknown why they were in Concord Township or what their relation to Sargi was.
Sheriff Leonbruno said the motive has not yet been confirmed.
The Yukon was taken to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Lake County Crime Lab and the Lake County Coroner’s Office came to process the initial scene of the shootings, according to the sheriff.
Sargi is currently detained in the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. He appeared in court on two counts of murder on Monday afternoon.
Sargi was arraigned Monday afternoon. He pleaded not guilty. “The plea of not guilty is an unequivocal denial to each and every element of each and every offense of the murder," said Sargi’s attorney Ian Friedman.
The Lake County judge set bond at $10 million. The attorney for Sargi said his parents intend on bonding him out of jail.
His preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 14th.