Dowagiac police make arrests in suspected homicide at Hillcrest Apartments

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Police in Dowagiac have made a pair of arrests in connection with a murder investigation at the Hillcrest Apartments.

Thursday night officers were called to the apartments, and found a man who had died of an obvious gunshot wound.

Police quickly developed a suspect, Deidra Tomlin, the girlfriend of the victim. They learned the couple had argued on Monday and he was shot. Tomlin and another roommate enlisted the help of a third person to remove the body and fled the area after leaving him in a trash dumpster.

Tomlin, 39, was charged with open murder, tampering with evidence, possession of methamphetamine, concealing the death of an individual and three counts of felony firearm.

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Jamie Loriot, 41, was charged with tempering with evidence, accessory after the fact to a felony and concealing the death of an individual. She is also facing a habitual second offender penalty.

ORIGINAL STORY: Dowagiac police are investigating a potential homicide that occurred earlier this week.

Officers were called to Hillcrest Apartments around 4:30 Thursday evening on reports of a possible homicide that happened within the last two days.

Police were able to obtain a search warrant for the apartment in question, and found a 43-year-old man inside who had died from an apparent violent injury. Officers later learned the man had lived in the apartment.

The investigation is still ongoing, and the victim’s name will be released at a later time.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Dowagiac Police Department at (269) 782-9743 or the Cass County Tip Line at (800) 462-9328.

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