Archive for Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Report: Murder suspect, 19, had knives, guns, hash, ax in victim’s car

January 29, 2014


Sarah Brooke Gonzales McLinn

Sarah Brooke Gonzales McLinn

More coverage: Harold Sasko homicide
  • Feb. 3, 2014: Prosecution seeking ‘Hard 50’ for Lawrence murder suspect McLinn
  • Feb. 3, 2014: Murder suspect’s attorney: McLinn has ‘mental problems’
  • Feb. 3, 2014: News conference regarding 19-year-old murder suspect scheduled for 2:15 p.m.
  • Jan. 31, 2014: McLinn in Douglas County custody, awaiting Monday court date
  • Jan. 29, 2014: Homicide suspect McLinn turned over to state authorities; extradition hearing likely to be waived
  • Jan. 29, 2014: Report: Murder suspect, 19, had knives, guns, hash, ax in victim’s car
  • Jan. 29, 2014: Homicide suspect McLinn turned over to state authorities; extradition hearing likely to be waived
  • Jan. 29, 2014: Homicide suspect Sarah McLinn was in small Texas town on Jan. 15, officers say
  • Jan. 28, 2014: Teen’s attorney in Lawrence murder case advises her to waive extradition hearing in Florida
  • Jan. 27, 2014: Murder suspect, 19, could be extradited to Lawrence this week
  • Jan. 27, 2014: Lawrence homicide: 19-year-old charged with first-degree murder
  • Jan. 27, 2014: Authorities schedule 1 p.m. news conference to discuss significant developments in Lawrence homicide investigation
  • Jan. 26, 2014: Missing 19-year-old found alive in Florida with homicide victim’s car
  • Jan. 26, 2014: Mother of missing Lawrence 19-year-old issues statement: ‘Sarah is a victim’
  • Jan. 25, 2014: Updates scarce as family, friends await information about missing 19-year-old, week-old homicide investigation
  • Jan. 24, 2014: Information still sought in Southwest Lawrence homicide investigation, 19-year-old’s disappearance
  • Jan. 23, 2014: Police continue search for missing 19-year-old; funeral services handled for family of homicide victim
  • Jan. 22, 2014: Silence, prayer center stage at service in Topeka for missing 19-year-old Sarah McLinn
  • Jan. 22, 2014: Family and friends of missing 19-year-old woman to gather for prayer service
  • Jan. 21, 2014: Family of missing 19-year-old woman who lived with homicide victim hopeful that she will call
  • Jan. 20, 2014: Former employees recall Sasko as kind, generous
  • Jan. 20, 2014: Police waited nearly 18 hours to announce homicide, missing woman
  • Jan. 19, 2014: Lawrence police ID man found dead in home, search for missing woman
  • Jan. 19, 2014: Lawrence police ID 52-year-old victim of Friday homicide; woman still missing
  • Florida Everglades park rangers who located Sarah B. Gonzales McLinn on Saturday night in Harold Sasko's car found guns, knives and drugs in the vehicle, according to a report by the Miami Herald.

    One of the knives is believed to be the weapon used in the 52-year-old's slaying, according to the Herald:

    "The rangers found a small amount of hashish, two firearms, two knives and an ax in the vehicle, according to a law enforcement source familiar with the case. One of the knives, described by Lawrence police as an 'edged instrument,' is believed to be the murder weapon, the source said."

    McLinn, 19, is expected to waive an extradition hearing in state court in Miami today so that she may “return to Kansas as soon as possible,” according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Watts-Fitzgerald.

    The office of Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said on Wednesday that McLinn was being processed into state custody in Florida where she will appear before a state court judge at a time unknown to Branson.

    Earlier this week, Branson charged McLinn, 19, with first-degree murder and accused her of killing Sasko on or around Jan. 14 with an "edged instrument" that investigators say they now have in their possession.

    Linda Friar, an Everglades National Park spokeswoman, previously told the Journal-World that "weapons were found" in addition to an undisclosed controlled substance when McLinn was found located 10:30 p.m. Saturday at the park. She had been living with Sasko in the 2900 block of West 26th Street since 2012 and once worked for him at one of the three CiCi's Pizza restaurants he owned.


    Matthew Herbert 4 years, 4 months ago

    "edged instrument" seemed to be an odd description of a murder weapon....until you read that they found an axe in the car. I have a sneaking suspicion that this story will get less pretty with each new detail.

    Wesley Willis 4 years, 4 months ago

    Sounds like this woman was involved with some bad people

    Bob Forer 4 years, 4 months ago

    Just speculation, but I have a hunch other people may have been invovled. The murder appears to have been terribly violent--committed by someone with profound anger and/or an utter lack of feeling or empathy for other human beings, i.e., a sociopath. While we know very very little about the suspect, she simply doesn't come close to the profile of a someone with antisocial personality disorder. .

    Mere speculation. I am sure the authorities have a much better handle on this than we observers. .

    Bob Forer 4 years, 4 months ago

    Terry, I have a little experience in the criminal justice system. I was a public defender for 3 years and served eight years as Labette County Attorney. Criminal investigations, especially serious cases, rarely remain static. "Facts" change, and evolve, as further investigation is pursued. Believe me, law enforcement is still very busy investigating this case. I have no reason to doubt law enforcement when they state that at this point in time, there are no other suspects. But any detective worth his salt will tell you that there is still much to be uncovered about this case.

    Tina Molitor 4 years, 4 months ago

    I worked with Sarah for about a year and I could have never imagined her to do anything like this. She truly was a sweet girl.

    MerriAnnie Smith 4 years, 4 months ago

    Did you get the opinion that she was stupid? I can't see a smart person doing this. Especially the way she left with his car and the murder weapons.

    Russell Fryberger 4 years, 4 months ago

    This will be an interesting case to follow.

    Rae Hudspeth 4 years, 4 months ago

    Yes, who is to say that she wasn't on the run from some other folks involved in the incident? I had no idea hashish was back to being a popular drug in Kansas!

    Another question is raised; a previous article stated the LPD has the alleged murder weapon, but this one says it was found in the car?

    Bob Forer 4 years, 4 months ago

    Local law enforcement left for Florida shortly after the suspect was located. I would surmise that any evidence found in the car has already been signed over to Kansas authorities, and therefore, those two factual statements are not necessarily contradictory.

    MerriAnnie Smith 4 years, 4 months ago

    Let's say she killed him, and she kept the murder weapons in HIS car and drove to Florida.

    Is she just about the most stupid ax murderer in the world?

    Did she plan to ax murder other people, too?

    I guess it'll all come out in court unless she pleads guilty.

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