For those who have lost a loved one to violence, the holidays can bring painful reminders. As part of a year-end Crime Stoppers series, 2 NEWS is following up with investigators working to close the book on some unsolved homicides from the past two years.
“I can’t think of a better Christmas gift we can give to these families and these loved ones of those who have lost their lives from violence than to solve these cases,” says Dayton Police Major Brian Johns.
Dayton Police want to bring justice and closure to the family of Mark Williams. They appear to have all the evidence – even surveillance footage – but they have yet to make an arrest.
“There’s no history. He wasn’t a bad person at all,” says Dayton Police Detective Melissa Schloss. “Just wrong place at the wrong time.”
Just after 2 p.m. February 7, 2017, 58-year-old Mark Williams walked to the United Foods located at 2141 North Main Street as he normally did, only this time he never made it back home.
“He would go up there probably daily to get some lottery tickets, you know, a drink,” says Schloss.
Surveillance video shows a man follow Mark as he was walking back to his house on Norman Avenue after leaving the store. Detectives say the man tried to talk to him, grabbed him, and then shot him.
“Police believe this may have been an armed robbery attempt,” says Dayton Police Detective Elmer Querubin.
The suspect was wearing a dark-colored jacket with black sweats and a black hat.
“It’s really grainy video, so it makes it hard to figure out who the suspect is from it,” says Schloss. “But we have him walking. We have the interaction between them.”
If you have any information on who the suspect is in the surveillance video, call Crime Stoppers. The number to call is 937-222-STOP or 937-222-7867. Tips can remain anonymous and you could earn a cash reward.