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7/10/07

Authorities Credit Eyewitness Tips In the Arrest Of A Murder Suspect

The recent murder in Southwest Lubbock marks the 9th in the Hub City this year and out of those nine, only one remains unsolved. In this case, police say it was neighbors that led them to a suspect in less than 2 hours.

"We felt very safe here," says John Hoffman, a recent neighbor to the McCulloughs.

Hoffman and his family moved in next to door last Thursday and now less than a week later, Hoffman is questioning the safety of his new neighborhood.

"Terribly frightened, we're scared for the safety of everyone especially ourselves and our children," Hoffman said.

However, Lubbock District Attorney Matt Powell says this type of crime is rare, especially in a neighborhood with a low crime rate.

"It's rare that you see a stranger on stranger type of homicide in Lubbock, Texas. It just doesn't happen," says Powell.

Authorities say it was tips from eyewitness living nearby that lead them to Rosa's Cafe at 82nd just west of Slide and in turn the arrest of Lewis.

Tim Blanchette's neighbor is one of those witnesses, as she had been looking out her window when she saw a man running across 82nd Street towards Rosa's Cafe.

"She saw a man running awkwardly across the park then heard about the incident that happened behind us. She gave a pretty good description of it and so I thought the police should know about it," says Blanchette.

So Blanchette, who lives near the McCullough family, went with his neighbor to speak with police.

"She and I went out to the alley and talked to the police and that's when they responded and went over to Rosa's," adds Blanchette.

Management says Lewis worked at Rosa's under the alias of Mario Jacob for less than a month as a dishwasher. 

On Monday night, he apparently clocked back into work just minutes after allegedly killing Don McCullough. In addition, because of past criminal history of burglary in Louisiana, he may have used an alias to get a job at Rosa's Cafe.

"Certainly the citizens of Lubbock who helped in trying to get the case solved. So without their corporation it would have been a lot harder," says Powell.

Police also tell us without the neighbors' tips they probably would still be searching for the murder suspect on Tuesday. 

7/9/07
Lubbock Man Charged with Murder in Southwest Lubbock Killing
Police received a 911 call around 5:30 p.m. Monday, in reference to an assault in the garage of a home near 82nd and Slide Road. When they arrived they found Don McCullough dead, the apparent victim of a random killing. NewsChannel 11's Ben Lawson learns more about the victim.

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