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By Maureen Boyle, Enterprise staff writer
BROCKTON- A year-long manhunt for the suspected killer of a 15-year-old high school sophomore ended this morning at a city apartment.

Robert Jacobs of Brockton was found around 7:30 a.m. hiding in a 90 Menlo St. apartment, authorities said. He is accused of shooting to death Jerard Rogers, a sophomore at Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School in Easton in 2006.

Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz said the arrest comes just days after another man on the lam in a separate murder case was also caught.

"We don't let these cases go," Cruz said. "The police and the investigators are going to continue to find these individuals."

Jacobs, who was 17 at the time of the killing, was indicted by a Plymouth County grand jury last year on murder charges in the Feb. 19, 2006 slaying of Rogers. An autopsy performed the day after Rogers was killed found he had been shot multiple times and died of a gunshot to the back that pierced his lung.

Rogers was at a birthday party on Snell Street when he was shot. Authorities said it appeared he was trying to flee when he was gunned down.

State and Brockton police had followed a variety of leads in the past year, trying to locate the suspect. Brockton detectives and state police arrested the suspect in the Brockton apartment as part of that ongoing investigation.

In the separate arrest last weekend in an unrelated murder case, a Roxbury man wanted in the November shooting death on Plain Street was caught Kenston Scott was arrested by state Trooper Joseph Gray in the Boston area on a murder warrant obtained in November.

Scott is accused of shooting Nelson Pina, 34, of Brockton to death Nov. 17, 2006. Authorities were told at the time that a man came to the door claiming to have car trouble then shot Pina.

http://www.southofboston.com/articles/2007/07/17/2headlines/news/news/news06.txt
 

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One year later, accused Brockton killer caught


By Maureen Boyle, Enterprise staff writer

BROCKTON- Detective Ernest Bell recognized the 18-year-old man in the Menlo Street apartment as a close friend of a teen wanted for murder.

A few minutes later, Bell and other investigators would discover how close the two were.

Robert Jacobs, 18, of Brockton, accused of killing a 15-year-old boy last year, was caught hiding under a pile of clothes in the apartment Wednesday by members of the state police and Brockton police fugitive teams.

"It happens all the time: You are looking for one person and find someone else who is wanted," said Detective Lt. Kevin M. Horton, a member of the state police violent Fugitive Apprehension section.

Last year, 2,219 people were caught by the state police unit in the state. The Brockton fugitive unit, often working with state police, caught 570 last year.

"They will get you if you are wanted," Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz said.

Brockton Police Chief William Conlon said the teams track leads closely and never give up.

"If it leads to a dead end, they keep on looking," he said. "They are really diligent and dig, dig, dig."

The hunt for fugitives also carries unforeseen dangers.

"They have taken people down who were laying in bed with their gun next to them," Conlon said. "There have been cases where they are reaching for their guns."

Horton said investigators never know what they will find or who.

"What we always worry about is not the guy we were looking for, but the guy who was hiding in the closet who we don't know about, who thinks we are there for him," Horton said.
That is what happened in Brockton on Wednesday, when Jacobs, accused of shooting 15-year-old Jerard Rogers, was arrested

The state police and Brockton fugitive teams had been out with immigration officials earlier in the morning, looking for federal fugitives. The teams decided to keep looking for local suspects when that operation wrapped up for the morning.

Brockton detectives Bell, Michael Schaaf and Sgt. Michael Dennehy, along with state police Sgt. Ted Condon and troopers Collette Tamuleviz and Robert Fries went about 7:30 a.m. to 90 Menlo St., where some suspects were known to hang out.

When they went to the third-floor apartment, they spotted an 18-year-old man, Leon Shelby, who was a close friend of a murder suspect on the lam for a year.

As they talked with Shelby, the investigators heard some noises.

"There was some crashing sounds coming from the closet," Dennehy said. "We had been in the apartment before and we knew there was an access out of the apartment in the closet. When we opened the closet door, the access door to the second floor was open."

Detectives outside didn't see anyone leave the building or go to the first-floor landing, so they knocked on the door to the second-floor apartment.

"We asked if someone had entered the apartment, and the woman there said, 'There is no one here but me and my son,'" Dennehy said.

The woman allowed police inside and in one of the bedrooms detectives found Jacobs hiding under a pile of clothing, Dennehy said.

Dennehy and Conlon said authorities believe the suspect had fled the state last year and, at one point, may have been in the Virginia area.

Jacobs is accused of shooting to death Rogers, a sophomore at Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School in Easton, on Feb. 19, 2006. Jacobs, who was 17 at the time of the killing, was indicted by a Plymouth County grand jury last year on murder charges.

An autopsy performed the day after Rogers was killed found he had been shot multiple times and died of a gunshot to the back that pierced his lung.

http://enterprise.southofboston.com/articles/2007/07/19/news/news/news13.txt
 
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