Two Arrested in Dowagiac Apartment Complex Murder Case

Dowagiac Police tell us that they have arrested two people in the murder investigation reported earlier at the Hillcrest Apartment complex in that city.

Last evening, Thursday, January 7, 2021, Dowagiac Police began an investigation into the homicide that occurred at the Hillcrest Apartments in Dowagiac. Officers located a man who had died from an obvious gunshot wound in an apartment at the complex. Dowagiac Police developed a suspect in the shooting who was identified as the girlfriend of the victim, after officers learned that she and the murdered man had argued on Monday, January 4th, and that he was shot during that argument.

The suspect girlfriend and another roommate solicited help from another acquaintance of theirs to dispose of the man’s body, however they were unable to remove him and left him in the apartment in a trash dumpster and fled the area. Police were able to locate them at a home in South Bend, and with the help of South Bend Police and South Bend Police SWAT members, they were taken into custody.

Police arrested a 39 year old woman from Dowagiac, and a 41 year old woman from Mishawaka, who had been staying at the apartment. Both have been lodged in Indiana. Charges for open murder are pending from the Cass County Prosecutor’s Office.

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The names of the two being held are being withheld pending charges being filed. Dowagiac Police were assisted in the investigation by Detectives with the Cass County Drug Enforcement Team, Detectives with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Pokagon Tribal Police, Michigan State Police, and the South Bend Police Department.

Dowagiac Police are still asking anyone with information from the incident to call Dowagiac Police at (269) 782-9743, or the Cass County Tip Line at (800) 462-9328.