Entries in Person of Interest (6)


Missing Florida Firefighter: Person of Interest Named

Comstock/Thinkstock(JACKSON, Maine) -- Police in Maine who say they suspect foul play in the disappearance of Florida firefighter Jerry Perdomo have named Daniel Porter a person of interest.

Porter, 24, and his girlfriend, Cheyanne Nowak, are believed to be the last people who saw Perdomo, a husband and father of two who went missing 12 days ago shortly after he traveled in a rental car up the East Coast to visit a friend.

Police are now testing evidence removed Saturday from the Jackson, Maine house where Porter's father lives, and is believed to be the last place Perdomo was seen, according to the Maine Department of Public Safety.

"The work being done at the lab will hopefully give us some of the answers to our questions," Christopher Coleman of the Maine state police said.  "At this point we remain hopeful, but as days go on, we have to be realistic.  We do suspect foul play was involved."

A friend of Perdomo's told ABC news affiliate WFTV in Orlando, Fla. that Perdomo went to Bangor, Maine to sell prescription pills, and that he'd mentioned someone named "Daniel" previously.

Perdomo's family told WFTV that he has never used or sold drugs.  His wife, Tonya Perdomo, is pleading for her husband's safe return.

"I love him.  He is my only love, he is my only love," she said in a news conference Monday.  "I just want to talk to him, I just feel like I need to talk to him.  I do."

Tonya Perdomo acknowledged that her husband, whose rental car was found abandoned in a Walmart parking lot on Feb. 16, made the 1,600 mile trek from Florida to Maine to visit another woman.

"I knew that he had a friend, but he has female friends.  I can't comment on the extent of their relationship because I don't know," she said.  "My understanding is that he was going to help someone.  It would not have been unusual for him to go and help someone because that's what he always did."

WESH-TV interviewed a woman who was only identified as Lisa, who said she was the friend Perdomo was visiting.  The woman said Perdomo stepped out the evening he disappeared to visit another friend, and had said he would return shortly to take her to dinner, but never came back.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Police Name Person of Interest in Colorado Bomb That Injured Two

Comstock/Thinkstock(LAFAYETTE, Colo.) -- The ex-husband of a Colorado woman severely injured on Saturday when a package exploded inside a car she was riding in has officially been named a person of interest in the crime, Lafayette Police Commander Gene McCausey told ABC News.

Police and agents from the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) executed a search warrant Saturday night at the Denver home of Michael Anthony Brittain, carting away several bags of evidence.  Brittain has not been arrested.

The search took place just hours after Brittain’s ex-wife Allyson Stone and her current husband Christopher were injured after the explosive detonated in the couple’s Volvo station wagon.

Police say the couple had just left their Lafayette, Colo., home on Saturday when they spotted a package in the driveway next to their car.  It was a brown paper bag with their names written on it, according to police.  Allyson picked it up and was in the passenger seat opening the bag when it blew up.

Investigators say Allyson sustained serious burn injuries.  A member of Allyson’s family told ABC News that doctors don’t know the full extent of her injuries, but she is expected to survive.  She is conscious and in a lot of pain.  Her husband Christopher, who sustained minor injuries, is at her side in the hospital.

Colorado court records obtained by ABC News affiliate KMGH-TV reveal ongoing tension between Allyson and her former husband.  In 2003, Brittain was arrested on domestic violence, harassment and child abuse charges. Three days later, Allyson filed for divorce.  

Three of the charges against Brittian were later dismissed and he was found not guilty on the remaining assault charge, documents show.

In February 2011, the judge in the divorce case ruled that Allyson owed her ex-husband $121,520.

“He’s so nice,” one of Brittian’s neighbors told ABC News on Sunday.  “You would never assume him out of all people.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


‘Person of Interest’ Questioned in Illinois Teen’s Murder

Comstock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- As hundreds of friends and family members poured into a suburban Chicago funeral home to say goodbye to 14-year-old Kelli O’Laughlin, police in a tiny Illinois suburb on Thursday announced they are questioning a “person of interest” in her murder.

“We have a person of interest in custody, and we’re working feverishly to bring this to a conclusion,” said Indian Head Park Police Chief Frank Alonzo at a brief press conference at which he took no questions.  "No charges have been filed.”

Police say the brutal killing of the high school freshman is the first murder ever in this tight-knit community of 3,700 people.  Kelli was discovered by her mother inside the family’s home last Thursday.  She had been stabbed to death with a kitchen knife.  Investigators believe she came home from school and walked in on a burglary.

Investigators with the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force have combed through more than 100 leads.  They are also searching for several rare coins -- including some from a Las Vegas casino -- believed stolen from the O’Laughlins' home.

The man police have in custody is reportedly on parole and thought to be connected to a recent string of burglaries in the region.  Sources close to the investigation say search dogs tracked the man’s scent to a highway rest stop near the O’Laughlin family’s home, where he may have hailed a taxi.

The latest developments in the case come as Kelli’s distraught family holds her wake and prepares for her funeral.  

On Wednesday, Kelli’s father, John O’Laughlin, released a statement on behalf of his family, saying, “We are truly overwhelmed and touched by the outpouring of support we have received from the community and all those who knew and loved Kelli.  We are so grateful to everyone who has offered their support and condolences at this difficult time.”

So many people are expected to attend Kelli’s funeral on Friday morning that community members are conducting a roadside vigil to help ease the overflow crowd.  They’re calling it “Join Hands and Hearts for Kelli,” and asking neighbors to line the mile-and-a-half route between the funeral home and the church, in a show of support for Kelli’s family.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Authorities Looking at Two Persons of Interest in Arizona Wildfires

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz.) -- Authorities are investigating two persons of interest in connection to the Wallow Fire that erupted last month in Arizona, ABC News affiliate KNXV-TV in Phoenix reports.

The news comes as the blaze has been deemed by the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest as the largest fire in Arizona's history, having grown to 733 square miles and destroying nearly 500 buildings.

U.S. Forest Service Supervisor Christopher Knopp told KNXV-TV, "What we've pretty much broken it down to is [the cause] looks like it was a campfire.  We've got a couple of people we're talking to on that right now."

No arrests have been made, according to KNXV-TV, and the people in question have not been identified.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Person of Interest in Arizona Shooting Is Cab Driver

Photo Courtesy - Pima County Sheriff's Department(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- The person of interest sought for questioning in the shooting of Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is a cab driver who says he drove suspect Jared Lee Loughner to the site, according to the Pima County Sheriff's Department.

Authorities released a photo of a middle-aged white male possibly connected with the suspect in Saturday's mass shooting that killed six people, wounded 14 others and left an Arizona congresswoman in critical condition at a town hall event in Tucson, Ariz.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department said the man drove Loughner to the Safeway, and then followed him inside to question him about payment.

At a press conference in Tucson Sunday, FBI Director Robert Mueller said the individual was being sought for questioning because he was seen entering a grocery store near the event with Loughner, who has been arrested for the shooting of Rep. Giffords and 19 others, but authorities did not believe that the second individual was also a shooter. 

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Doubts Raised About Suspect in Murder of Hollywood Publicist

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Neighbors of Harold Martin Smith, the "person of interest" in the Ronni Chasen murder who committed suicide when confronted by the police on Wednesday, find it hard to believe the man they describe as "paranoid," who rode around on a bicycle, could be a professional killer. Smith, who neighbors say bragged about killing Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen, shot himself fatally, spraying blood all over the lobby of the Harvey Apartments in Hollywood. The grisly crime scene is now the epicenter of what is becoming one of the great Hollywood murder mysteries.

Smith was identified by police as a "person of interest" in the Chasen murder, but authorities refused to comment further on how they suspected him to be involved. Police are conducting ballistics tests to see if the gun used in the suicide of a man known to his neighbors as "Harold" is the same gun used to kill Chasen. He reportedly told neighbors that he was expecting a big payoff for killing Chasen.

Chasen, 64, who represented A-list movie stars and promoted some of Hollywood's top films, was driving home on Oct. 9 after attending the premiere party for the movie Burlesque when she was gunned down.

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