Westchester County Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,500 reward for information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person responsible for the murder of Gloria Nartey in Mount Vernon on Aug. 8, 2011.
Nartey, 27, was slain while walking home on South 12th Avenue about 9:30 p.m. She was struck by a bullet fired at another person and was an innocent bystander. Her senseless death caused widespread shock and outrage in Mount Vernon and beyond.
“I am calling on the entire Mount Vernon community to come forward with information to get this cold-blooded killer off our streets,” said Mayor Clinton I. Young, Jr. “We will work closely with Crime Stoppers and the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office to make sure this individual is prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”
Derickson K. Lawrence, Chairperson of Westchester County Crime Stoppers, echoed the mayor’s appeal for information from the community.
“It is crucial that everyone within these four square miles bonds together not only to help solve this irrational and baseless crime, but to send a clear message that ‘enough is enough,’” Lawrence said.
Anyone with information on the death of Gloria Nartey may call the Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line (800-898-8477).
“I am grateful for Crime Stoppers partnership with the City of Mount Vernon and the Mount Vernon Police Department,” Police Commissioner Carl Bell said. “This new partnership between the media, the community and law enforcement will help us to eradicate those elements that are determined to harm our community through reckless and senseless violence.”
John Kapica, a retired police chief and executive director of Crime Stoppers, said the cash reward program was an important tool to assist law enforcement in difficult-to-solve cases. The success of Crime Stoppers will depend on continued financial support from residents and businesses in Westchester, he said.
“It is my sincerest hope that with the support of the county’s private and commercial residents, Westchester County Crime Stoppers will be an important adjunct to law enforcement in Westchester. Our effort in the Mount Vernon case is a part of an overall countywide initiative.” Contributors will be given Crime Stoppers’ decals or bumper stickers as tokens of thanks, but also for demonstrating support.
As a volunteer civilian organization, WCCS is funded by tax-deductible donations from businesses, clubs, associations and individuals. A fund-raising campaign is currently under way.
The Westchester County Chiefs of Police Association and the New York Law Enforcement Foundation are founding sponsors of WCCS. The Westchester Bank has signed on as a lead corporate sponsor for the organization.
Crime Stoppers has also offered a cash reward for information in armed bank robberies that occurred in Larchmont and Dobbs Ferry earlier this year.
Additional information about WCCS, the Crime Stoppers concept and ways to make a donation can be found at WWW.WestchesterCrimeStoppers.org.