Oxford Chalet canvass
Investigators learned that several young men regularly congregate in the parking lot of the Oxford Chalet apartments, across the street from the Fines' apartment complex.
On the evening of Thursday, July 17, 2014, Detectives Armstrong and Murphy visited the parking lot and spoke with the men. The detectives wanted to know whether any of them were present on the evening of July 3, 2014, and might have information pertinent to the Andrew Fine homicide investigation.
The interviews summarized are some of the most typical or relevant to the investigation and are representative of all interviews conducted.
591 Hathorn Road, Oxford, MS
Lopez said he did not observe anything unusual on the evening of July 3. He said he and other friends had congregated in the parking lot of their apartment complex, as they often did after work in the evenings. They get together to talk, tinker with their cars and just hang out with their friends, he said.
Lopez said he was awakened by a loud noise in the early morning of July 4. He said he went to his window and observed a dog rummaging in a trash can that had overturned and assumed that was what had awakened him.
At that time, he said he observed a dark SUV parked in the parking lot of Oxford Ridge across the street. He said he recalled the time — 1:50 a.m. — because he looked at his alarm clock.
He said he remembered seeing the vehicle because he has seen the same SUV parked in about the same location before. The reason he noticed in the first place, he said, was because there was always someone in it and he'd never seen the car unoccupied.
On July 4, he said he observed a single occupant, hunched down behind the steering wheel, with a baseball cap pulled down low.
Lopez said he thought the person was a police officer watching someone or something across the street because he had been there so often. When asked, he could not give a description nor determine the sex or age of the occupant.
He said the vehicle appeared to be a dark blue or black SUV, but he did not know the make or year.
Lopez said he saw no other cars going into or out of the parking lot and no other persons enter or leave the apartments at that time.