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Pittsburgh Police Department Headquarters
Saturday October 16th, 2010 :: 09:56 a.m. EDT


SHERADEN HOMICIDE- October 15th UPDATE, arrest of 18yo Christopher Freeman, for the death of Ben Lewis on 7/7/10


PITTSBURGH: On Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at about 3:32 pm, Zone Six officers responded to 3126 Sacramento Street for a possible burglary in progress. It was reported that a door was kicked in, the air conditioner was hanging out of the window, and the victim’s dogs had not been seen all day. Officers arrived to find an open door and a male down in the living room. The male had trauma to his body and he was pronounced deceased at the scene. The victim had gunshot wounds to his chest. The victim is
identified as 44-year-old Ben Lewis, who resided at this address.

It was later discovered that the front door of the residence had a cracked door frame, the victim’s vehicles were missing, and that a room had been ransacked. Detectives also learned that there may have been a commotion at the residence in the early morning
hours followed by the sound of several gunshots.

A B.O.L.O was issued for one of the victim’s vehicle, described as a 1991 red Chevrolet S-10 pickup with primer on both sides, a gray grill, with Pennsylvania license plate YLZ- 4516. Soon after the broadcast, an off-duty Pittsburgh police officer alerted the Homicide Squad that a vehicle fitting the description was in Sheraden Park. The vehicle was unoccupied and recovered by Pittsburgh Police.

Detectives learned that Mr. Lewis had a second vehicle which was not parked around his residence. It is described as a blue 1994 Pontiac Sunbird with Pennsylvania license plate HGZ-5314. A B.O.L.O was issued for this vehicle.

At this time, no arrests have been made and a motive has not been determined.

Anyone with information on this case or the whereabouts of Mr. Lewis’ missing vehicle is requested to call 911 or the Pittsburgh Homicide Squad at 412-323-7161. Callers can remain anonymous. A photo of Mr. Lewis is attached.

UPDATE October 15th, 2010

On Friday, October 15th, 2010 at 6:45PM, Homicide detectives arrested, on a warrant, Christopher FREEMAN, 18yo from Sheraden. FREEMAN was wanted on the charge
of Criminal Homicide along with various other charges in the death of Ben Lewis on July, 7, 2010 on Sacramento Street in Sheraden.

FREEMAN was arrested while housed in the ACJ on other unrelated charges. Freeman is now charged with: Criminal Homicide; Burglary, Robbery, Robbery of Motor
Vehicle; Firearms not to be Carried without a License and Criminal Conspiracy.

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