Murder suspects caught after vehicle pursuit

Staff Writer

Two suspects in a Sept. 2 car-jacking, homicide, and armed robbery at a market in Monroe, Mich. were later apprehended after a pursuit through Wood County into Hancock County.
According to the Monroe Police Department, officers responded to the market on a report of someone being shot. Upon arriving at the scene, officers found two males had been shot, one fatally.
The two suspects had robbed the market and when exiting, ordered the two victims to get out of a Ford F-150 parked in front of the market and then shot them before fleeing in the truck.
Police were able to piece together evidence, including photographs of the suspects and the truck, and posted a request for citizens to help identify them. There were responses that confirmed the identifications of the two and Monroe police distributed the information to neighboring police agencies and jurisdictions.
About four hours later, troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol and deputies of the Wood County Sheriff’s Office located the vehicle at a rest area near Bowling Green. As troopers and deputies approached the truck, the suspects fled, traveling southbound on Interstate 75 into Hancock County.
The chase ended when the vehicle exited onto State Rte. 15 and went into a ditch when it approached Township Road 240.
According to the Highway Patrol, the two suspects initially refused to exit the vehicle but were later removed. The driver, a 29-year-old male from Monroe, was flown to an area hospital with serious injuries. The patrol’s Special Response Team took the passenger, a 44-year-old male from Ann Arbor, Mich. into custody. He was transported to an area hospital as a precaution and later lodged in the Hancock County Jail.
Monroe police were not releasing the identities of the suspects until they are arraigned.
The victim slain at the market was identified as Michael Ronald Beck, Jr., 31, of Monroe. The other victim was described as a 34-year-old male. He was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.
During the chase in Wood and Hancock counties there was an exchange of gun fire between troopers and the suspects. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has been requested to investigate the shooting.
The Monroe Police Department, in a prepared statement, said the shooting at the market was random and the victims were not affiliated with the suspects.
In separate incidents over the holiday weekend, troopers apprehended a suspect who was wanted for murder in Chicago and arrested a murder suspect in Delaware County.


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