STATEMENT OF CHIEF LEWIS CONCERNING ARREST IN ANNIE LE HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION
(9/17/2009) STATEMENT OF CHIEF LEWIS CONCERNING ARREST IN ANNIE LE HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION
NEW HAVEN- The following is a transcript of the statement made by Chief James Lewis of the New Haven Police Department during this morning’s press conference announcing the arrest of Raymond Clark, III:
“About 20 minutes ago, an arrest warrant was signed by the Honorable Judge Fisher charging Clark for murder in the death of Annie Le. Bond has been set at 3 million dollars.
A few minutes ago – Raymond J. Clark III, 24 of Middletown, CT was arrested at a motel in Cromwell, CT.
Annie Le was reported missing on Sept 8th and a missing person investigation was started by Yale PD with assistance by the FBI, Ct State Police and NHPD
On Saturday the 12th, CT State Police secured the bldg at 10 Amistad St in order to conduct a thorough forensic review of the building.
The afternoon of the 12th, NHPD assumed the lead in a criminal investigation in this case. Close to 300 items have been seized in this investigation, and detectives have worked around the clock on this case.
Based upon numerous interviews, forensic evidence and information learned from viewing video surveillance, detectives have secured the arrest warrant for Clark.
The arrest warrant has been sealed, so no further information can be released in order to comply with the court order.
Annie Le was a young woman with unlimited potential, whose loss will be deeply felt by her family, friends and our community.
It is important to note that this is not about urban crime, not about university crime, not about domestic crime, but an issue of workplace violence, which is becoming a growing concern around the country.
I can’t give enough thanks to the Connecticut State Police, the FBI, Yale Police and New Haven State's Attorney Michael Derrington. This is about as smooth an operation among 4 agencies as I’ve seen in my 39-years in law enforcement. We feel this is a successful conclusion.”