Murder Suspect Arrested After Police Receive a Tip

A second man wanted in connection with a 2019 murder investigation in Cape Girardeau was taken into custody over the weekend. Police say 19 year-old Thomas Q. Bean was arrested on an active warrant for second-degree murder, armed criminal action, first-degree robbery and unlawful use of a weapon. Police received a tip around 8:40 p.m. on Friday, July 31 that Bean had returned to Cape Girardeau and was hiding in a home in the 1100 block of South Sprigg Street. Officers responded and peacefully arrested Bean. Bean had been actively on the run since the shooting death of 53-year-old Richard Reeves of Decatur, Michigan on December 11, 2019. The shooting took place on the upper floor of an apartment building in the 600 block South Spring Street. Court Documents revealed that, an eyewitness told investigators the shooting took place as the result of a drug robbery. Police identified Maurice Patterson Jr. and Bean as suspects in the case. Patterson Jr. turned himself into police on December 31, 2020. In addition to second-degree murder charge, Patterson Jr. was also charged with armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon and first degree robbery.


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