SHARON, Pa. (KDKA) — A New Castle woman has been arrested in connection to the shooting death of a man after investigators say her Snapchat account helped lead them to her.
According to the Sharon Police Department, Alexis Holmes, 20, is facing charges of criminal homicide, robbery and burglary related to the May 23 murder of Khalil Hopson, 24, of Sharon.
Sharon Police say that officers responded to a call about a shooting at a Cedar Avenue home in the early morning of May 23. Upon their arrival, police say they discovered Khalil Hopson being treated by his father for a gunshot wound. Police also said Hopson’s dog had been shot.
Hopson was transported to a Youngstown, Ohio hospital, where he died, according to police. His father later told police that he woke up to the sound of gunshots and heard his son saying, “She let him in.” Investigators say they identified “she” as Alexis Holmes after they searched the home and found her i.d. card.
Police say Holmes told investigators that she came to Hopson’s house to stay for the night on May 23. She said that she and Hopson went to talk on the porch when three men holding guns came rushing from the backyard. According to law enforcement, Holmes said she froze on the porch, while Hopson went inside and was followed by two of the gunmen.
Homes told police she heard shots fired inside, so she ran off. She told police that she never used her phone to talk to anyone from the time she fell asleep at the house through the moment the gunshots went off.
After conducting a search warrant of Holmes’ phone, investigators say they discovered text messages between her and Eddie Robinson, whom Holmes said was her ex-boyfriend, allegedly discussing the robbery of Hopson for several thousand dollars.
Police also say that surveillance video of the area near Holmes’ home several hours before the homicide allegedly showed her handing Robinson a firearm before he drove off with an unidentified male in the passenger seat.
Investigators say they tried to contact Holmes again to speak about the case on May 24 but were unsuccessful. Detectives discovered her Snapchat account had been accessed in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on May 27 and 28. Police in Myrtle Beach were able to confirm that Holmes’ vehicle was in the area, according to Sharon Police.
The U.S. Marshal’s Service said Wednesday that Holmes and Roberson had been arrested in Youngstown, Ohio. Authorities say that Roberson is charged with possession of a firearm.