Police investigate link between assault, deadly fire

By Kelsey Leyva - kleyva@civitasmedia.com

Wellington police chief Tim Barfield

Wellington police chief Tim Barfield

The three suspects involved in a Aug. 4 house fire and suspected homicide on Peck Wadsworth Road may be connected with an assault and robbery that happened just hours earlier.

Around 11:45 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3, Wellington police responded to a call at 384 Walden Ln. where Edward Korzinski was assaulted in his apartment, according to police chief Tim Barfield.

The fire at 49625 Peck Wadsworth Rd. in Brighton Township began shortly before 6 a.m. Eric Zaffer was later found in the home with one fatal gunshot wound to his right upper chest. Zaffer, 45, was dead before the fire broke out.

Police are now investigating the possibility that the same three men involved in the fire assaulted and stole from Korzinski.

“We began to look for our suspects,” Barfield said. “We had information on who they were and as we were looking for them we found that they were already in custody with the sheriff’s department in reference to the Peck Wadsworth case.”

Bishop Howard, 18, Ryan Crews, 21, and Trevor White, 19, were all charged with aggravated robbery last week in relation to the Peck Wadsworth incident. White and Crews were also charged with murder and Howard was charged with aggravated murder.

Evidence found in Howard and Crews’ home on Greenview Drive in Carlisle Township linked them to the Peck Wadsworth fire, according to sheriff’s deputies who investigated Zaffer’s death. Barfield said evidence found in the home also linked the men to the assault on Walden Lane.

Barfield said he isn’t sure whether any other suspects were involved but this isn’t the first time Wellington police have dealt with these three men.

Within the last year, Bishop was named in Wellington reports 17 times, Crews was named 15 times, and White was named 18 times.

In the same period, Bishop was arrested three times, Crews five times, and White seven times.

“There is no doubt in my mind that the village of Wellington will greatly benefit from their incarceration,” Barfield said.

The Walden Lane incident is still under investigation and no charges have been filed yet.

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Wellington police chief Tim Barfield
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2015/08/web1_Barfield.jpgWellington police chief Tim Barfield

By Kelsey Leyva