Police question man in connection with two murders
Police were questioning a 26-year-old man of Eastern New Providence in connection with two recent murders.
The man, who was arrested yesterday, was being held in connection with the murders of Andrew Rolle and Theodore Berry Jr, according to Superintendent Leon Bethell, who heads the Central Detective Unit.
Rolle, 27, was shot and killed around 7:30 p.m. on November 11 outside Bertha’s Go Go Ribs, Coconut Grove.
Police said Rolle was sitting in his car with his girlfriend when a gunman opened fire, hitting him several times.
His girlfriend was reportedly unharmed.
Berry, also known as”Big Teeth”, was killed around 7 p.m. on November 27 at Wood’s Alley, off Market Street.
Police reported that Berry and another man were in front of a residence when a burgundy four-door Nissan vehicle pulled up.
It is reported that a male armed with a handgun exited the car and shot both men.
Berry, 22, was pronounced dead at the scene while the other man was taken to the hospital. He is said to be recovering.
Shortly after the shooting, police received information of a vehicle fire at St. Joseph’s Cemetery on Tyler Street.
When firefighters extinguished the fire, they realized the car was a burgundy Nissan, police said, adding that the vehicle is connected to the shooting at Wood’s Alley.
Police said they hope to be in a position to charge someone soon.
Police have closed 62 of the 93 murder cases recorded so far this year, bringing the detection rate to 66 percent, according to Bethell.
He said most of the police successes over the past year came because of cooperation from the public.
“Notwithstanding the record amount of murders, we have been getting good success,”Bethell said earlier this week.