At a press conference he convened this morning to discuss the importance of collaboration between law enforcement and residents, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said that a tip submitted via a new online-based tips feature helped lead to the capture of Larry Ankum and Denzel Edwards, both of whom were subsequently charged with the murder of college student DeShamone McCarthy, who was killed two months ago.
According to a report by CBS Chicago:
“Two weeks after he was shot, sheriff’s police received an anonymous tip through their website, and passed that information on to Maywood police.
That information led to the arrest of 28-year-old Larry Ankum, who was charged with murder, and has been in custody since late June. A second man, 20-year-old Denzel Edwards, also was charged with murder.
Ankum was being held without bond. Edwards’ bond was set at $750,000, according to jail records.
Dart said the sheriff’s office has received scores of tips since launching the program in April. He said a big problem with solving crimes is people being reluctant to come forward with information, and doing so anonymously online is more comfortable for some people.
‘I think it allows people to feel even more anonymous,’ Dart said.
Maywood Police Cmdr. Elijah Willis said, ‘I think it’s going to be a big asset to a lot of the agencies.'”
The news of the tip comes less than a month after the Village passed an ordinance allowing the Cook County Sheriff’s department to establish an office of independent inspector general in Maywood, with the purpose of investigating public corruption. The tips system can be accessed at cookcountysheriff.org. VFP