Investigators are working to piece together details about what happened Monday at a home on Brown Street in Johnson City. A person was found dead in what police are now calling a homicide. Our Elyse Mickalonis spoke with neighbors who were understandably shaken up about the violent crime in their village.
JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. -- A Johnson City neighborhood is in shock after learning about a homicide at 36 Brown Street.
"My first thought was, ‘What’s happened?’ I thought someone was sick, a neighbor had a heart attack, but then I kept seeing more and more cars and police and then I had a bad feeling that someone was murdered and I was right,” said Shirley Hovancik, a Johnson City resident. “I’m terribly shocked because we’ve never had anything happen like this before. Never."
Residents along Brown Street say they started noticing police activity Monday afternoon. Investigators taped off the yellow home, a maroon truck and a silver car and began speaking with neighbors.
"They put up the yellow tape, taped it off and more people were gathering. We didn’t know what it was. An hour or so later, they said someone was killed over there,” said Edward Michalak, a Johnson City resident.
Hovancik added, "It was a nice lady that lived downstairs and I’m really shocked by it, of course, but who knows when it will happen again or where."
After learning of the death, those who knew the victim comforted each other. Others worried about the state of the neighborhood, saying they’ve had to up their own security over the past few years.
"The biggest was cars being broken into and that seems to be happening more and more now. You keep your doors locked,” said Jerry Clark, a Johnson City resident.
Hovancik added, "My children would love to see us move, but why should I? It’s my home. Why should I? I hope it gets better, but I don’t see that happening soon."
Crime scene crews worked hard into the evening, collecting evidence and taking photos and video.
"I feel sorry for them. They’ve got their hands full they have a lot to do. They’re working hard. They are,” said Hovancik.
Clark added, "Just keep your eyes open, you know? If the people of the neighborhood don’t watch out for each other, no one will watch out for you."
Police have not yet released the victim’s name as the investigation is ongoing. No suspects are currently in custody.