Nearly a month after Jeffery McKinney, 30, was shot once in the chest and killed in an apartment complex in Rockdale, Texas, two suspects in the case were arrested by police for the shooting.
The first suspect arrested was Marquise Flowers, 18, who was arrested for the April 27th shooting and charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity-Murder. He is being held on a $500,000 bond.
Further, KBTX reported at the time that, as of May 23, “Isaac Carrizales, 17, and James Godfrey IV, 22, both have active warrants for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity-Murder.”
Though Carrizales appears to still be on the loose, Godfrey was arrested. He is currently being held on a $300000 bond and is charged, like Marquis Flowers, with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity-Murder.
The Milam County Sheriff’s Department is holding both Marquise Flowers and James Godfrey.
Neighborhood Scout reports that Rockdale, Texas, where the murderous attack occurred, is one with one of the highest crime rates in America, saying:
With a crime rate of 40 per one thousand residents, Rockdale has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes – from the smallest towns to the very largest cities. One’s chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 25. Within Texas, more than 96% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Rockdale.
Separately, it is always interesting and important to compare a city’s crime rate with those of similarly sized communities – a fair comparison as larger cities tend to have more crime. NeighborhoodScout has done just that. With a population of 5,398, Rockdale has a combined rate of violent and property crime that is very high compared to other places of similar population size. Regardless of whether Rockdale does well or poorly compared to all other cities and towns in the US of all sizes, compared to places with a similar population, it fares badly. Few other communities of this size have a crime rate as high as Rockdale.
Now let us turn to take a look at how Rockdale does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes. This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by understanding if violent crime or property crimes (or both) are the major contributors to the general rate of crime in Rockdale.
From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Rockdale occurs at a rate higher than in most communities of all population sizes in America. The chance that a person will become a victim of a violent crime in Rockdale; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 245. This equates to a rate of 4 per one thousand inhabitants.
In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in Rockdale is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Rockdale, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 28, which is a rate of 36 per one thousand population.
Importantly, we found that Rockdale has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle theft in the nation according to our analysis of FBI crime data. This is compared to communities of all sizes, from the smallest to the largest. In fact, your chance of getting your car stolen if you live in Rockdale is one in 193.
Featured image credit: Milam County Sheriff’s Department
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