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More charges for woman suspected in car wash shooting

Emil Whitis • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Katie Wilson, 25, was charged Wednesday with additional counts of felony burglary and theft.

Earlier Wednesday, police got a call from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation about blood left at a December crime scene.

“They just called me today and said they had a match,” Sandusky police Detective Ken Nixon said.

The charges related to a Dec. 17 burglary in the 600 block of Olds St.

Rosemary Federkiel, 62, of Sandusky, walked into her home at about 2:30 p.m. and found a big-screen TV missing from the wall. Her husband, Daniel Federkiel, 56, told police a PlayStation 3 had also been stolen.

Officers didn’t find any signs of a break-in, but they did find blood smears on the wall where the TV previously hung. Detectives took blood swabs and sent them to BCI for testing.

Police arrested Wilson on Jan. 16 at an Arthur Street house on theft and burglary charges, just hours after her stepfather, Bartt Carruthers, 49, was shot at a self-serve car wash during an alleged drug deal.  Wilson later told police she helped set up the drug deal.

After taking a bullet to the chest, Carruthers jumped into his car and drove less than a mile to Firelands Counseling and Recovery Center on Hayes Avenue, where a receptionist called 911.

When police showed up, Carruthers told them Wilson and her boyfriend were involved. He was later flown by medical helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo. He was released a few days later.

In the meantime, police grilled Wilson, who allegedly admitted she was at the car wash during the shooting. Wilson also told investigators it all started as a Xanax deal that she set up.

Still, she refused to give up the shooter’s name. During initial interviews, police said Wilson seemed to be going through some sort of drug withdrawals. But after almost a week of rest, detectives are ready to take another shot at her.

“She’s got a lot of charges hanging over her head,” Sandusky police Detective Gary Wichman said Wednesday. “I’m going to pull her out (today) and hopefully she’ll come to her senses and tell the truth.”

So far, Wilson has been charged with complicity to robbery, two counts of theft and two counts of burglary. She’s also a warrant in Huron County.

Wichman said police have a good idea of the shooter’s identity. But so far, no one is willing to point the finger at him.

“With him still on the street, witnesses are being very reluctant to say the least,” Wichman said. “It’s frustrating, but I can understand where they’re coming from.”

He said the suspect isn’t “a rookie,” and he expects him to clam up immediately on arrest.

“He’s been to prison before. He knows the drill,” Wichman said. “You’ve got to have all your ducks in a row before you charge a guy like that.”

Wilson remains in the Erie County Jail on $76,350 bond. Anyone with any information on the shooting can call Sandusky police at 419-627-5858.


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