Three men have been arrested in relation to the murder of 20-year-old Specialist Tevin Geike on October 5 in Lakewood, Washington, reports CBS News.
Police are searching for five suspects in total, with reports suggesting that two of the arrested men are co-operating with police. All of those arrested, and those being sought, are U.S. soldiers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The same base that Geike was based at. Police have named 23-year-old Jeremiah Hill as the “main suspect.”
Spc. Tevin A. Geike is a white Army soldier killed in a "racially charged" clash with a group of black soldiers near Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Lakewood, Washington. He was days away from discharge when he was stabbed dead after being called a "cracker."Click here to read more
Here’s what you need to know about him:
1. Hill’s Alleged to Have Confessed to a Medic About the Murder
Police investigating Geike’s death were tipped off by a military sergeant who said he had information relating to the murder. According to the source, Jeremiah Hill had asked to see a medic when he returned to the base early on Sunday morning. Hill told the medic that he had stabbed someone to death, reports KIRO TV.
When Hill was later confronted about this by his commanding officer, Hill first told the officer that he cut his hand chopping vegetables and later that he had cut it when he was cutting a parachute chord.
Tevin Geike is a 20-year-old Army specialist who was murdered over the weekend, allegedly by a fellow soldier, in an incident first thought to be race-related.Click here to read more
2. Hill Appeared to Give Geike a Bearhug
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According to a source, it appeared that Hill was bear-hugging Geike when he was really stabbing him. A confrontation had ensued as Hill and his friends drove by Geike and his friends. Initial reports stated that the men in the car yelled “cracker” at Geike and his friends. The tense situation appeared to be calm until it became apparent that Hill had stabbed Geike.
Police are now playing down the race-issue as it relates to this murder.
3. Hill Has Not Yet Begun Co-Operating With the Investigation
Hill has not yet given a formal statement to detectives and has lawyered up. Police have searched the vehicle as well as Hill’s bunk at the base, they are said to have recovered multiple items of evidence from the search. Police have said that until Hill makes a statement, they are no clearer to discovering a motive for the attack.
4. Two Other Men Who Were Arrested Are Co-Operating
Two other men, Cedarium Johnson and Ajoni Runnion-Bareford, both 21, have been arrested and are co-operating with police.
5. Hill is in Active-Service
Hill is still an active serviceman and is assigned to combat infantry. Geike had been out with friends on the fateful night celebrating his imminent discharge from the army.