The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

February 12, 2013

EPD requesting public’s help in finding person of interest in Crites shooting

ENID, Okla. — Enid residents can be a big help if they would just provide some information to police.

Enid Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding Anthony Brown Jr., a person of interest in the Dec. 22, 2012, shooting death of Heath Crites, 24.

Brown, 19, is described as black, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds.

Crites was found at 2:18 a.m. Dec. 22, 2012, shot multiple times and lying in the living room of a house in the 300 block of East Columbia.

Authorities have linked the gun used in Crites’ shooting to a homicide in Oklahoma City in October 2012.

Two Enid men have been charged as accessories to murder after the fact related to the Oklahoma City homicide.

Treylon Alonzo Haley, 19, and Ivan Alexander Williamson, 21, are accused of aiding former Enid resident Ronnie Eugene Fuston in avoiding prosecution in an Oct. 20, 2012, murder.

In affidavits filed in the cases, Williamson tells police Fuston admitted to him he killed Crites, but said he believed it was a case of mistaken identity.

Fuston was arrested Jan. 9 in Oklahoma City on a first-degree murder complaint in the death of 42-year-old Oklahoma City man Michael Donnell Rhodes.

He is being held in Oklahoma County jail without bond.

Affidavits filed in Williamson’s and Haley’s cases state Brown was a go-between for the men when they were asked by Fuston to hide the gun used in both shootings.

EPD can only do so much without help to make a break in the case.

Anyone with information that will lead to Brown’s location is urged to call Enid Police Department at (580) 242-7000 or Garfield County Crime Stoppers at (580) 233-6233.

Those with information also can text a tip from a cellphone by texting to 274637.

Be sure to type “Enid” in the subject field. Tips also can be submitted online at www.tipsoft.com.

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