Wyoming PD: Facebook key to ending homicide standoff

Officers in Wyoming surrounded a home with two people of interest in connection to a homicide inside. (Jan. 28, 2016)

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — Police say they used Facebook to end a standoff connected to the homicide of a teenager in Wyoming.

Officers told 24 Hour News 8 three suspects — a 15-year-old Grand Rapids boy, a 16-year-old Wyoming boy and a 18-year-old Wyoming man — in connection to the shooting death of 17-year-old Isaiah Devere Blue of Grand Rapids were in custody Thursday afternoon.

Undated courtesy photo of Isaiah Devere Blue.
Undated courtesy photo of Isaiah Devere Blue.

“Obviously two of them are juveniles and as far as the adult suspect, he’s lodged in the Kent County jail pending arraignment. Our detective unit is interviewing the suspects and other witnesses right now so we should have all of this wrapped up, at least on the preliminary end, very shortly,” said Lt. Mark Easterly with the Wyoming Police Department.

Officers surrounded a house Thursday in the 2900 block of Colrain Street SW. The 18-year-old suspect was inside the home and taken into custody. Authorities communicated with him over Facebook to get him out of the house.

It’s unknown where the two other suspects were arrested.

The shooting happened around 10:10 p.m. Wednesday in the area of 44th Street and South Division Avenue, according to the Wyoming Department of Public Safety.

According to a release, authorities believe that three young males exited a Rapid bus and were followed off the bus by three other young males.

Three suspects police believe are connected to a homicide in Wyoming. (Jan. 28, 2016/Courtesy Wyoming Dept. of Public Safety.)
Three suspects police believe are connected to a homicide in Wyoming. (Jan. 28, 2016/Courtesy Wyoming Dept. of Public Safety.)

After approaching the victims, two of the suspects pulled guns and demanded property from the victims, who then ran.

Authorities believe both of the armed suspects fired multiple shots at the victims, killing Blue. The other two victims were not injured.

The three suspects took off. After an intense police search and a lengthy K-9 track, authorities believe the suspects ran north and possibly got on another Rapid bus near 28th Street and Division Avenue.

“Apparently the three victims and the suspects were on a Rapid bus. Rapid has cameras in all their buses so we were able to tap into those and pull off some very good photos. As soon as we put out the news release at about three o’clock this morning, you guys picked it up and it was great and we started to get a lot of tips,” said Easterly.

Easterly said the tips helped them track down the suspects and bring them into custody.

“It’s a very sad time for the family of the deceased and everything, but at least with that initial, we can put a closure on it knowing that the suspects have been picked up,” Easterly told 24 Hour News 8.

In a statement released Thursday afternoon, Kelloggsville High School confirmed the victim, Isaiah Blue, was a new student who moved from the Pennsylvania area.  The district said crisis teams were at the school to help grieving students and staff.

Anyone with information is asked to call Wyoming Police at 616.530.7300 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.



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