The Coastal Bend Crime Stoppers organization is taking the rare step of upping the reward they normally offer to encourage someone to come forward to identify the killer who stabbed an elderly man to death here last week.
The victim, 73-year-old Trueman Brown, was discovered in a pool of blood in his apartment early last Wednesday by someone checking on him that morning.
Police believe the victim knew his killer because there were no signs of forced entry. It appeared that the victim had turned his back on the killer when the attack took place.
Brown suffered multiple stab wounds to the abdomen and back. Apparently, no one heard any disturbance in his apartment at the Emma Finke Villa at 1100 E. Kennedy St.
Brown lived in Apartment C in Building 7. Police Chief Joe Treviño said the victim had a small dog in the apartment, but, apparently, the dog did not bark during the attack.
Crime Stoppers officials contacted the Bee-Picayune earlier this week to announce the increase in the reward. They said a time limit of 30 days will be placed on the higher offer.
So far, police have not mentioned a possible motive for the crime, but they do not believe the attack was random. Evidence suggests that Brown was specifically targeted.
Evidence at the scene suggested that the killer entered the apartment with one purpose — to commit murder. Officers have said it appeared the killer acted quickly, committed the murder and fled the scene.
Although witnesses had seen at least one visitor stop by Brown’s apartment Tuesday night, that visitor left, and there had been no sign of a disturbance during the visit. Treviño confirmed that BPD detectives talked to the man to see if he had any information related to the attack.
Brown’s murder was only the second for the BPD in two years. One man, Brien Hickman, was murdered at the gate to his rural ranch earlier this year, but the Bee County Sheriff’s Office solved that case.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.