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  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – FROM OUT OF THE BLUE…

    Posted on January 30th, 2018 Becky 1 comment

    WHOSE CAMERAS ARE THEY?

         The December 10, 2017 murder of Austin Peters was removed from the “UNSOLVED MURDERS” tab above this morning. Police announced six days ago that they charged Raymond Torres with his murder.
         And almost all of the evidence, according to the police, comes from video camera footage.
         Reporters at LNP, who read the Affidavit of Probable Cause, state this in an article (click here):
         Police said Peters and Torres were seen leaving a party on Prangley Avenue, and surveillance from five cameras showed them walking around southwest Lancaster together, the affidavit said. The footage came from a combination of private, business, and Lancaster Safety Coalition cameras, police said.
         It would appear that most of the footage came from private residences and businesses. Please see the Coalition camera insert to the left (the red dots are their cameras).  LNP says they were seen leaving a party on Prangley Avenue. Prangley Avenue is marked with an inserted purple arrow in the map insert.
          The men then apparently walked up Crystal Street and made a left onto Coral Street where the inserted black arrow indicates where the police state in their press release they found shell casings:
         The video also shows TORRES holding and firing a handgun into the air.   Officers located several 9mm shell casings laying in front of 320 ½ Coral Street. 
         The men then walked up Coral Street to Columbia Avenue – marked by a gray inserted arrow –  where police state:
         Torres and the victim were seen together a short time later at a store in the 600 block of Columbia Avenue.
         The men then apparently walked a block on Columbia Avenue and turned South on Ruby Street and then turned onto First Street. From the police press release:
        Video footage also depicts the victim and Torres walking on Ruby Street and crossing over toward the 700 block of First Street at approximately 1:32 AM.    The shooting of Austin Peters occurred less than four minutes later, at 1:36 AM. 
         LNP states Peter’s body was found in front of 716 First Street and that location is marked by the inserted green arrow on the map.
         The bottom line in all of this: This is one area where there are not many Coalition cameras. And these are apparently very good videos that can identify the men’s faces and Torres holding a gun, “racking” the gun and firing the gun.
    There will be more tomorrow.
        
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    CAMERAS SOLVE A MURDER!

         …Using numerous video cameras from around the area, investigators were able to piece together a chain of events that began approximately an hour before the homicide and which depict the victim and Torres walking together around the Southwest City neighborhood.
         …However, investigators later obtained video footage, which showed the victim, Austin Peters, walking through the 300 block of Coral Street with Raymond Torres.   The video also shows TORRES holding and firing a handgun into the air.   Officers located several 9mm shell casings laying in front of 320 ½ Coral Street.   Torres and the victim were seen together a short time later at a store in the 600 block of Columbia Avenue.
          Raymond TORRES was observed on video again, walking with the victim near Ruby Street and Columbia Avenue.   Torres can be seen on video removing a firearm from the front of his body and “racking” the slide.  Video footage also depicts the victim and Torres walking on Ruby Street and crossing over toward the 700 block of First Street at approximately 1:32 AM.   The shooting of Austin Peters occurred less than four minutes later, at 1:36 AM. 
    From the Lancaster City Police press release announcing homicide charges against Raymon Torres for the December 10, 2017 murder of Austin J. Peters (click here).
         Suddenly there are cameras everywhere! Amazing!
    Please check back later today.

     

    One response to “AFTERNOON UPDATE – FROM OUT OF THE BLUE…”

    1. Maybe funding needs are coming up for renewal or the Exec. Director needs a raise…