ONLINE TIP TO SHERIFF’S OFFICE LEADS TO ARREST OF MAYWOOD MURDER SUSPECT
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
—An anonymous tip sent through the Cook County Sheriff’s Website led to the arrest of Maywood murder suspect, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today at a morning press conference.
Approximately 11:30 p.m. on May 29, 2013 the Sheriff’s Office received the tip about Larry Ankum being involved in the death of Dashamone McCarty, who was shot and killed on May 15, 2013 in Maywood while he was home on summer break from college.
On May 30, the information was given to Maywood. About three weeks later, Maywood Police arrested Ankum, 28, in connection to McCarty’s death. He was charged with murder. Two other men have also been arrested in connection with this case. Denzel Edwards, 20, has also been charged with murder, and Deaundre Casey, 20, has been charged with gun offenses.
The tip that led to Ankum’s arrest is just one of about 150 that have come through the website, www.cookcountysheriff.org/crimetip.html, since the online tip form was launched this year on April 12.
With more people communicating online and using smartphones, the web form allows tipsters to report information instantly and anonymously. The form, however, does not replace 9-1-1 for reporting emergencies or incidents that require immediate police assistance.
The online form is available in multiple languages, and tips are immediately followed up by members of the Sheriff’s Office Intelligence Center and then forwarded to the appropriate agency. Some tips received have been referred to law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois and as far as Georgia.
Sheriff Dart urged community members to continue to come forward with information about crime in their communities as well as any information about suspected public corruption.
On July 16, Maywood became the second municipality to bring in the Sheriff’s Office to serve as its Inspector General. The Village of Dolton was the first municipality to do so.
Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins, who joined Sheriff Dart and Acting Maywood Police Chief Elijah Willis, at this morning’s press conference, urged her residents to report any suspected fraud, corruption or waste by public officials to the Sheriff’s Office, which will then investigate.
Complaint forms are available on the Sheriff’s website, www.cookcountysheriff.org . Citizens may also also call the Sheriff’s Public Corruption hotline at 773-674-4775 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sheriff Dart also reminds the public that the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law.