published Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Red Bank man's dead as robbery is investigated


by Andrew Pantazi
The resident of this house on Redding Road in Red Bank, Jordan Collins, was found dead Saturday morning and Red Bank police believe the death is connected to a robbery.
The resident of this house on Redding Road in Red Bank, Jordan Collins, was found dead Saturday morning and Red Bank police believe the death is connected to a robbery.
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A Red Bank man's death is believed to be related to a break-in and robbery at a house on a narrow street off Dayton Boulevard.

Red Bank police came to 3710 Redding Road about 8 a.m. Saturday and found a man dead in the home and signs of a break-in.

Detective Sgt. Dan Knight said police believe the man died during a robbery. He would not identify the dead man or name three people whom police took in for questioning.

Just before 4 p.m. Saturday, police officers and an ambulance crew brought a gurney bearing what appeared to be a sheet-covered body out and loaded it into an ambulance.

According to the Hamilton County property assessor's website, the house was purchased in May 2010 by a Michael Collins. A neighbor, who didn't want her name used, said Collins' son Jordan was living there.

Kevin Wilkes, a friend of the family who was in the house Saturday afternoon, said it was the son who died. He said family members didn't want to speak to the media.

Meanwhile, the neighbors along the street gossiped about what happened at the house with the crime scene tape and the ambulance out front.

One neighbor rolled down the window to a silver SUV to ask a passerby what he knew. Another, picking up her mail, said she heard rumors that it had been a break-in. She worried about security.

Several neighbors didn't know who lived at the house.

At about 4:30 p.m., a police officer took down the crime scene tape.

Update: Crowbar used in slaying in Red Bank; 4 charged

about Andrew Pantazi...

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