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Arrests made in JC homicide investigation

(Source: Jeremy Donovan)

JOHNSON CITY -- As night settles in Tuesday, Johnson City seems quiet and peaceful, but residents of a northside neighborhood say it will never be the same.  In just a matter of hours Johnson City Police were able to make two arrests in Monday's homicide investigation.

Christopher Davis, 43, is being charged with the 2nd Degree Murder of Patricia LaCaprara, 50, who was described as a model citizen.  Also, Zackary Franks, 20, was arrested and being held on several outstanding warrants.  Davis was arrested at a residence in the Town of Dickinson, Franks turned himself into JC Police after he learned they were looking for him.

"[It's] a relief, is just that we've caught the bad guy and it's sad that what happened happened," said Johnson City/Binghamton Police Chief Joseph Zikuski.  "The guys on the ground, the investigators, did all the work.  They worked hard until 1, 2:00 this morning and resulted in an arrest last night, I think it was about 9:00pm we took Davis into custody."

LaCaprara lived on the first floor apartment at 36 Brown St. for several years.  Davis had lived in the second floor apartment for only a few months.  He had no prior record in New York, but a rather extensive criminal history in California.  This homicide is the result of an apparent burglary.

In an odd twist to the case, before police knew what had happened on Brown St., police spotted Davis and Franks acting suspiciously in another location.

"In the late morning hours of [Monday], Sheriff K-9 Officer Richard Merrill came into contact with both of the individuals in a remote area in the Town of Binghamton, not knowing anything had taken place." Zikuski said.  "He did some follow up afterwards and quite frankly, part of the information he gathered was 36 Brown Street.  At this time the homicide had been committed, that we determined to our investigation, but none of us were are of it yet."

At the time, police recorded the license plate of the 2013 white Toyota Camry in question.  Later, the plate showed that the car was associated with a residence on Vestal Ave in Binghamton, where police found the car.  Davis was later arrested at a residence in the Town of Dickinson. As the investigation continues, Zikuski urges anyone with information to contact JC Police at 729-9321.

"The public is always of help to us, and the more help we get from them the better, so it gave us some important information," Zikuski said.

Police are still looking for the victim's black iPhone which was believed to be thrown from the car Davis and Franks were driving on Pennsylvania Ave outside of the city past Maxiam road.  Zikuski asks residents of the area to turn the phone over to police if they happen to find it in their yard.

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