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Surveillance footage leads police to double murder suspect

It was sur­veil­lance foot­age that led de­tect­ives to a sus­pect in a Frank­ford double murder, ac­cord­ing to Capt. John Mc­Clo­s­key. 

Speak­ing to res­id­ents who live in the south­ern­most third of the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict gathered in Aria Health’s Frank­ford cam­pus on March 27, the cap­tain said de­tect­ives were able to identi­fy a man seen on re­cord­ings ob­tained from a se­cur­ity cam­era near the 4600 block of Trenton Street. Mc­Clo­s­key said Wil­li­am Deputy, 36, of the 6100 block of Ox­ford Av­en­ue, has been charged with fatally shoot­ing Ant­or­ie Coates, 35, of the 4300 block of North 16th Street. and Al­ida Maria Cruz, 30, of the 1300 block of Unity Street, early on Feb. 22. He then poured gas­ol­ine on the Ford Wind­star that con­tained their bod­ies and set it ablaze, Mc­Clo­s­key said. 

Fire­fight­ers re­spond­ing to the blaze at 3:55 a.m., quickly put it out and found the bod­ies in­side the van.

Mc­Clo­s­key said de­tect­ives work­ing the case saw cam­er­as on a nearby prop­erty and asked the own­er to see se­cur­ity re­cord­ings, and that’s where they saw Deputy set­ting the van afire.

“The video was the big break,” the cap­tain said.

Im­ages were shown to the vic­tims’ fam­ily and friends, and they re­cog­nized Deputy, Mc­Clo­s­key said. Sup­posedly, he ad­ded, Coates had stolen drugs and cash from Deputy, who then found out about it and went after Coates. Cruz was killed, the cap­tain said, “be­cause she just happened to be there.”   

Deputy cur­rently is be­ing held in the Cur­ran-From­hold Cor­rec­tion­al Fa­cil­ity on State Road. He is fa­cing murder, ar­son, weapons and ab­use of a corpse charges. He is due for a pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing in Room 306 of the Crim­in­al Justice Cen­ter on April 9.

Also at the March 27 ses­sion at Aria Health, the cap­tain said a cata­strophe was nar­rowly aver­ted Sunday, March 23, when two teens tried to set a Frank­ford church afire after pour­ing gas­ol­ine on its roof. 

One boy, about 13-15 years old, and an older teen poured the gas on the church in an old bank build­ing at 4400 Frank­ford Ave. at about 12:40 p.m., Mc­Clo­s­key said. There were about 100 people in the struc­ture at the time, the cap­tain ad­ded. However, some of them caught on that something was go­ing on, went out­side and chased the teens away be­fore they could set the gas ablaze. Mc­Clo­s­key said the crime has been de­clared an ar­son. ••

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