Jacob Ethridge

OGDEN — The man suspected of killing two women here told police he had recently had some "homicidal thoughts," investigators told the Deseret News.

Jacob Daniel Ethridge, 31, walked into the Ogden Police Department on Sunday and told officers he had killed two women on Adams Avenue.

Police identified the women Monday afternoon. They are Rosanna Marie Cruz, 25, Miami, Fla., whose street name was "Rosie;" and Teresa Tingey, 43, who hailed from Wyoming. Her street name, police said, was "Wyoming."

Both have arrest records that include prostitution, police said.

"(Etheridge) admitted to the detectives interviewing him that he's had some homicidal thoughts and tendencies for the past year," Ogden Police Lt. Tony Fox told the Deseret News on Monday. "He mentioned it to some associates."

Police said autopsies determined Cruz was shot in the neck and Tingey was shot in the head. hot in teh head.

Reconstructing events, police claim Ethridge got into a fight with a girlfriend late Saturday night and wound up on Adams Avenue, where he encountered a prostitute who went by the name "Rosie." Police said Ethridge solicited the woman.

"He struck up a conversation with the first victim. They went up to a vacant apartment," Fox said. "He pulled out a .40-caliber handgun and shot her."

Investigators said Ethridge left the apartment and walked north, where he encountered another prostitute who went by the name "Wyoming." They went behind an apartment building at 2461 Adams Ave., where police said the woman was shot and killed.

A man who lives in the building discovered the woman's body as he walked out his back door on Sunday morning. At the same time officers responded to that scene, Fox said Ethridge showed up at the police department with his father.

"He went home and told his parents, and his father brought him in to our station. He told us that we ought to look for the second individual," he said.

Ethridge lives in Roy with his parents. The home was searched on Sunday, but police did not disclose what, if anything, was seized.

"We will not be making any comments to anybody," Ethridge's father told the Deseret News on Monday.

Court records for Ethridge show a few traffic violations, but nothing serious. Police were investigating a reported domestic violence case involving him, but noted that his record was otherwise clean.

Ethridge is being held in the Weber County Jail without bail. He is scheduled to make an appearance in Ogden's 2nd District Court by video on Tuesday, court clerks said. Formal criminal charges have not been filed.

Detectives do not believe these women were particularly targeted, Fox said.

"He may have decided to act out on these thoughts he had for a while. It's bizarre," he said.

Adams Avenue is in the midst of an area that encompasses nearly a quarter of the city's overall crime. To combat it, Ogden police have formed a special crime reduction squad that focuses solely on offenses within that area.


Contributing: Joseph M. Dougherty


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