Cold Case Playing Cards Help Cops Make Arrests For 2 Unsolved Killings

“While a case may be considered ‘cold,’ it is never closed." 

By Benjamin H. Smith

A second arrest has been made, thanks to Connecticut’s Cold Case playing cards, which feature unsolved homicides on a deck of cards made available to inmates in the Connecticut penal system.

Twenty-two-year-old Hakeem Atkinson of Bridgeport was arraigned Thursday on a charges related to the 2012 murder of Joseph Bateman, according to CBS News. This follows the arrest of Ibo Boone, 30, last Tuesday for the 2010 shooting death of Michael Robinson Jr. in Norwalk, which was also featured in the set.

The Connecticut Department of Correction is already on its fourth edition of the cards, which are available to prisoners inside the state’s prison system, and were created in partnership with the Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice.

In a press release on their website, the D.O.C. says the point of the cards was to highlight “52 unsolved homicides, missing persons, and unidentified remains cases that have occurred throughout the state.” It is their hope that once in the hands of inmates, the cards will “generate information and leads in solving these cold cases. Every tip has the potential of bringing law enforcement one step closer to obtaining justice for victims and a sense of closure for their surviving family members.”

According to NBC Connecticut, police say Atkinson fatally shot Joseph “Jabs” Bateman behind the Avalon Gates housing complex in Norwalk as part of an ongoing gang dispute on February 3, 2012. Atkinson was 16 at the time of the killing, which was featured on the Nine of Diamonds card in the fourth edition of the cold case playing cards. Atkinson surrendered to Norwalk police on the morning of Thursday, September 28, and is being held on $1 million bond.

On Tuesday September 26, Norwalk police arrested Ibo Boone for the murder of Michael 'Mizzy' Robinson Jr., whose death was featured on the King of Clubs card. Like Bateman’s killing, Robinson’s death was gang related. Boone, who was 23 at the time of the murder is also being held on $1 million bond.

Norwalk Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik told Connecticut’s WFSB, “While a case may be considered ‘cold,’ it is never closed."

He went on to thank those investigators who worked on the case and helped, "bring some sense of closure to families who have lost loved ones."

[Photo: Connecticut Department Of Correction]

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