Pair found in motor vehicle linked to homicide, police say

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Two Utica men were charged after they were found in a motor vehicle that was linked to a homicide in Erie County, according to law enforcement officials.

According to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, 22-year-old Joshua E. Wilson, of Buffalo, killed 71-year-old Diane M. Wolfe with a gardening tool inside her Town of Tonawanda home at about 11 p.m. May 4. Authorities said Wilson then stole the woman’s vehicle and other items from her home before fleeing.

On May 7, Utica Police said they were notified about the investigation because the victim’s stolen credit card was used at a local Walmart and at a liquor store in Utica. Police said they found the vehicle in the city shortly thereafter and two men were taken into custody for questioning.

Police said Khaliq Hussein, 28, of Utica, and Zenas Reed, 22, of Utica, have both been charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, while Reed has additionally been charged with fourth-degree possession of stolen property. They are scheduled to appear in court.

Meanwhile, law enforcement officials in Erie County announced that the murder suspect, Wilson, was taken into custody Thursday evening trying to cross into the Canadian border in another stolen vehicle.

Officials said Wilson has been charged with second-degree murder and that he is scheduled to appear in Erie County court on the charge.

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