Crime Scene Coincidence?

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email

"My roommate sees two cop cars come racing in on both sides, and police jump out of the cars with their guns drawn," says Old Town resident James Smith.

You might think he's describing the scene Thursday, where police found a woman murdered in her North Washington Ave. apartment.

But he's not.

He's recalling a scene from almost three years ago at the same exact apartment building where another woman, about the same age, was murdered as well.

Neighbor Maria Valenti remembers it too.

"It was the same situation with the yellow caution tape," she says.

Barbara Tuttle's homicide was Lansing's 11th of 2004; this homicide is the 11th of 2007.

Police don't know if the location and similar circumstances are a coincidence or a connection.

"We're definitely going to look into it.," says Lt. Bruce Ferguson. "It's very unusual, a very unique situation. We'll obviously see if they knew the same people..."

Tuttle's murder was never solved, her killer never brought to justice. Neighbors don't want that to be the case this time.

"I'd like to see them catch the guy," Smith says.

"It's disturbing it's the second murder in that building," says Valenti.

While neighbors wait for details on the crime, Valenti has one hope: this is the last time she sees yellow tape on her block.

"No one wants to see people dying in their neighborhood."

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