The Cleveland Division of Police continues the request for community support in identifying the individual or individuals responsible for the death of Aliza Sherman. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Homicide Unit at 216-623-5464. Anonymous information can be given to Crime Stoppers by calling 216.252.7463 or via text message: text TIP657 plus your message to Crimes (274637). Crimestoppers, in partnership with the family of Aliza Sherman offer a reward of up to $50,000.00 for information leading to an arrest in this case.
On September 17, 2013 at approximately noon, First District officers responded to a home in the 14400 block of Alger Road for a report of a place entered. Upon arrival, officers found the 91 year old female victim kneeling on the floor, bleeding from the mouth and side of her neck. She told officers that a male had entered her home through the back door. She confronted him in the hallway and he punched her in her face, knocking her to the floor. The male then went upstairs at which time the woman was able to get to a phone and call police. The suspect then spoke to victim, even called her by her correct name. He then took her purse and fled from the home. Officers arrived quickly and searched for the suspect. They interviewed neighbors, postal carriers, construction workers and UPS workers.
First District Detectives worked quickly to identify and arrest 40 year old Dean Murphy early this morning. He was arrested for Aggravated Burglary and Theft and remains in the Central Prison Unit awaiting charges.