Suspect in custody in Shorewood homicide

Annie Scholz and James Kust

Police have a suspect in custody in Shorewood's first homicide in 20 years.

Suspect in custody in Shorewood homicide

CREATED Jul. 25, 2013 - UPDATED: Jul. 25, 2013

SHOREWOOD - A crack in a Shorewood murder mystery. Police have made an arrest, but they're still not saying how the victim died.

News of Shorewood's first murder in 20 years has shaken the quiet community.

"There was a lot of commotion the last couple of weeks," says Drew Sobczak, a neighbor of the victim.

Now, a break in the case. A suspect is in custody for the death of 57-year-old Clarence Charles, found dead in his Oakland Avenue apartment last Tuesday. But police aren't releasing the suspect's name and they still aren't saying how Clarence died.

"I definitely felt they were working for it," Sobczak explains. "There's a lot of police activity so there's definitely continued presence."

And their work isn't over. Police say the suspect took Clarence's car and they need to find it. They want you to be on the lookout for a silver 2-door, 2002 Chevy Blazer SUV with license plate 109-UWE. But with this information comes a strong warning: if you see the car, do not approach it or anyone inside and call police right away.

It could be another piece of the puzzle that helps give Clarence's family closure, and holds his killer accountable.

"I feel sorry for you. I really do" says Marilyn Clarence, the victim's sister, "because you have not had a chance to know what love really, really is. If you had, you would not have done it."

Police won't say if they are looking for any other suspects. Right now, the person in custody has not been charged. That could happen as early as Friday.

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