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DATE/TIME: Thursday, October 21st, 2004 / 10:10 AM
SUBJECT:MUMFORD STREET HOMICIDE SUSPECTS ARRESTED


Two juveniles were arrested Monday evening and charged with Murder-2nd degree in the shooting death of a Montgomery County man that occurred at about 6:10 p.m. on Monday, October 11th on the 400 block of Mumford Street.

On that evening, the residents of 413 Mumford called Police Communications to report that a man had forced entry into their house and collapsed on the floor. Officers responded and observed that the man had been shot in the back. He was treated at the scene by Schenectady Fire Department paramedics and transported to Ellis Hospital, where he died shortly after arriving.

Yesterday, information was received that implicated 15-year-olds Tiheem Morris of 404 Summit Avenue and Brandin Brown of 1053 Forest Road. Morris was taken into custody without incident by a patrol officer at about 5:45 p.m. yesterday while walking on Delamont Avenue. Brown was taken into custody without incident at 9 p.m. last night as he was leaving his house.

Detectives located a loaded .22 caliber revolver that is believed to be the murder weapon at Morris’ house. A second gun used in the robbery has not yet been located.

The victim, 25-year-old Thomas Oeser, and a male friend came to Schenectady the night of the murder to buy crack cocaine, as they had done in the past. They solicited Morris and Brown at Emmett and Steuben Streets, and drove them to Mumford Street so the 2 suspects

could supposedly get the amount of crack that the victim and his friend wanted. Morris and Brown knew that Oeser possessed several hundred dollars. The suspects exited the car and are believed to have walked to Morris’ house around the corner. When they returned (without the drugs), Morris and Brown displayed their guns and attempted to rob Oeser and his friend of their money. Oeser’s friend ran from the car, but Oeser and the suspects got into an altercation during which Oeser was shot by Morris. Morris and Brown then ran from the scene. Shortly thereafter, Oeser’s friend returned to his car and drove back to his Montgomery County home. He contacted detectives the next day.

Morris and Brown are being held at the Albany County Secure Detention Facility for juveniles. They will be arraigned in Police Court this morning.

We greatly appreciate the assistance of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department in this investigation.