Hopkins County officers track 2 murder suspects in Missouri


Hopkins County officers tracked two murder suspects to Missouri, where they were reportedly apprehended and detained at 8:35 p.m. Wednesday, according to Hopkins County Sheriff Lewis Tatum.

Sheriff’s deputies found an abandoned vehicle while investigating a report that someone’s personal items were on a county road north of Sulfur Springs Monday night. The vehicle returned as being from the Dallas area. Authorities at the time believe he was dumped in Hopkins County, but continued to investigate, Hopkins County Deputy Chief Tanner Crump said in a statement.

A re-search of the area was conducted and deputies located a deceased man whom they believed to be associated with the vehicle and a homicide victim which began in the metroplex, with both the deceased man and the vehicle dumped in the rural Hopkins County, HCSO authorities reported.

“Tonight, two investigators from the Hopkins County, Texas Sheriff’s Office and a Texas Ranger traveled to St. Louis Missouri and arrested the two suspects in the homicide that was discovered Monday night,” Crump noted. in an update at 8:35 p.m. on June 15. 2022.

The homicide victim has been identified as Giovanni Alexis Najarro of Dallas, a Hispanic male born in 1987.

Through an ongoing investigation, authorities followed the leads of the homicide investigation to St. Louis, Missouri. Two members of the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office and a Texas Ranger traveled to Missouri on Tuesday, where suspects Diamonye Jakeli Payne of Fort Worth and Aleigha Denise Coble of Colbert, Oklahoma, were arrested Wednesday night in connection with the homicide , Crump reported.

The couple remained in custody there Wednesday night, but are expected to be extradited to Texas at some point, officials said.

“While the investigation is ongoing, we believe no one else is involved. I would like to commend all officers involved for a job well done,” Tatum said of the law enforcement work. local authorities to make arrests, identify suspects and secure arrests in the homicide case in 2 days.

The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office investigator and a Texas Ranger have arrested two suspects in connection with the homicide of a Fort Worth man whose body was found in rural Hopkins County, Texas earlier this week.

The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office is located at 298 Rosemont St., Sulfur Springs, TX 75482. Non-emergency calls can be made at (903) 438-4040.


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