Monday, December 29, 2014

Rome Police: No arrests made, homicides do not appear related

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - Rome Police are continuing their investigations of two homicides in the city this past week.

Rome Police Detective Commander Timothy Bates tells NEWSChannel 2 that there is no evidence to indicate the two homicides are related. 
Bates also said they do not appear to be random acts, as the early investigations indicate that both victims were familiar with the respective suspects.

Thursday Homicide
Last Thursday night, law enforcement were called the reports of shots fired near the YMCA on East Bloomfield Street and found the body of a male who had been shot on Stevens Street.
Police will still not release his identity as they try and locate and notify family members, according to Rome Police Detective Commander Timothy Bates.
Bates said the suspect in this case is a male of unknown race and age, who was last seen wearing a dark colored hooded jacket, seen running from the shooting scene in a westerly direction towards North Madison Street. 
Tuesday Homicide
Police have also not made any arrests in the homicide investigation following the death of 50-year-old Charles Digristine.
Autopsy results confirmed Digristine was shot several times at his home at 115 Lawrence Street.
Police are following up on leads, but have no obvious suspects.
Police looking for public's help
In both cases, police are looking for help from members of the public who may have information. The detective division can be reached by calling (315) 339-7715 and anonymous email tips may be sent by visiting