Man Arrested For Death Of 12-Year-Old Girl Charged In 2 Other Killings
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Police say he is responsible for a four-day crime spree that terrorized the city and left three people dead, including two children.
Monique Griego has the latest on the investigation.
In charging documents obtained by WJZ, police list some of the hard evidence against him.
Kevin Simpson’s reign of terror went on for four days. The manhunt to track him down would take another ten.
One week after his initial arrest for the death of 12-year-old Shanizya Taft, police say they have enough evidence to link the 20-year-old to two murders and an attempted murder. His alleged victims now also include 27-year-old Martel Jackson and 15-year-old Oscar Torres.
Police previously talked about how important it was to make an arrest in these cases.
“If we can bring closure to those families by linking Mr. Simpson to those cases and the evidence leads us that way, we’ll do just that,” said Sgt. Jarron Jackson, Baltimore City Police.
Detectives say Simpson’s crime spree began on May 24 at a Citgo gas station in West Baltimore. They say he shot Jackson multiple times, killing him. Two days later, investigators say he shot Torres and another man in the head. Torres later died at the hospital.
Torres’ father told WJZ about hearing the devastating news his son had been murdered.
“He’s dead. Who shoot? Who kill him? Nobody see nothing. Nobody say nothing,” said Francisco Torres.
According to charging documents obtained by WJZ, Simpson’s cell phone was later found in Torres’ stolen car. The report also says Martel’s murder was caught on video. Shell casings later linked him to both crimes.
After shooting Torres, police say Simpson took off in his car. A day later, they say he was spotted by police trying to flee and then plowed into a family’s minivan, killing 12-year-old Taft.
Police say there were also several witnesses that identified Simpson. He’s now facing a long list of charges, including murder, attempted murder and manslaughter for the death of Taft.
The second man shot along with Torres remains in the hospital.
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