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Norwalk Police: White Jeep Is Only Clue In 1994 Cold Case Homicide

The Norwalk Police Department is asking for leads in a 1994 cold case homicide.
The Norwalk Police Department is asking for leads in a 1994 cold case homicide. Photo Credit: Norwalk CT Police Department on Facebook

NORWALK, Conn. -- Norwalk Police are asking the public's help in solving the 1994 homicide case of Rahssan Dykes-Harrell.

All detectives have as evidence in the Sunday, Oct.16, 1994, slaying of the Carlton Court man is an anonymous tip and a partial license plate number from a white Jeep, Norwalk Police said.

The cold case revolves around multiple 911 calls about gunshots fired in Carlton Court in the area of Buildings 5 and 6. Callers said the shooters were occupants of a white Jeep Cherokee whose Connecticut registration plate had three digits -- 502, according to police.

Witnesses from the calls told police the Jeep's passengers came out of the vehicle and began firing handguns, then ran toward Building 8.

The Jeep then drove around the interior of Carlton Court and to Buildings 1 and 3, police said witnesses anonymously reported.

Police responding located a white Jeep Cherokee at the top of the rear driveway of Carlton Court, with Connecticut registration 502-HXH, operated by Gary Peterson, according to Norwalk police.

Peterson was detained and searched for weapons. But none were found and he was released after questioning. He told police he had just dropped off girls and didn't hear any gunshots. 

Officers checked the area but were unable to locate any victims, complainants or witnesses of a shooting or gunman. 

At 11:02 p.m., a report came in of a "man down" in the center hallway of Building 4.

Police found Dykes-Harrell lying on the first-floor landing with a gunshot wound to the torso. Norwalk paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene and estimated he had been deceased for a few hours, police said.

The victim had come to Norwalk to visit a cousin in Building 4 and was staying with her and the father of her baby, according to police.

During interviews at the apartment, a witness there halted the questioning, fearful anything said could be used against them, police said.

Anonymous information was received that men running Carlton Court demanded respect and Dykes-Harrell did not show them the proper amount, according to police.

Suspects' names surfaced, but no witnesses have provided statements that would support probable cause for an arrest warrant, police said. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Lt. Art Weisgerber at (203) 854-3028 or

Anonymous Internet tips can be sent to the Norwalk police website.

Anonymous text tips can be submitted by typing “NPD” into the text field, followed by the message and sending it to CRIMES (274637) 

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