Suspect Implicated Himself in Burglary, Homicide, Police Say

John Davis and Roberto Cruz, Poughkeepsie Journal, August 26, 2013

City officials today implicated the suspected murderer of 99-year-old city resident Fannie Gumbinger in five additional burglaries in the City of Poughkeepsie within the last three weeks.

The suspect, Javon Tyrek Rogers, 20, is accused of burglarizing and murdering Gumbinger, who was found dead early Wednesday morning in her home on Underhill Avenue.

Javon Tyrek Rogers

Javon Tyrek Rogers

“Nobody should live to the age of 99 and die this way,” City police Chief Ron Knapp said. “It was a truly senseless killing.”

Police said Rogers implicated himself in the burglary and homicide during talks Friday with police. {snip}

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Police arrested Rogers on Friday and charged him with first-degree murder and first-degree burglary, both felonies.

Rogers pleaded not guilty at his arraignment over the weekend, Moloney said.

Dutchess County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Kari Reiber has said Gumbinger died of “multiple injuries,” but declined to provide the exact cause of death, citing the ongoing investigation.

Fannie Gumbinger

Fannie Gumbinger

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As a result of the police investigation, Rogers is also a suspect in multiple recent city burglaries, including one on Loockerman Avenue on Wednesday.

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[Editor’s Note: A video of the press conference is available at the original article link below.]

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