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Police Arrest Teen-agers In Killing on Expressway

September 4, 1986

AKRON, Ohio (AP) _ Two college students were bludgeoned to death by two teen-age boys who damaged their car by throwing concrete off an overpass and then posed as Good Samaritans when the women stopped, police said.

Police arrested three Akron teen-agers Tuesday and a fourth Wednesday in connection with the weekend slayings of Wendy Offredo, 21, and Dawn McCreery, 20, both University of Akron sophomores.

Richard Cooey, 19, and Clint Dickens, 17, were arrested Tuesday and charged with aggravated murder, rape, kidnapping and aggravated robbery, Akron police Det. Stan Oldaker said.

Dickens was charged as a juvenile, but Akron police Capt. Jerry Foys said prosecutors will seek to try him as an adult.

Kenny Horonetz, 18, also arrested Tuesday, and Terry Grant, 19, who was arrested Wednesday, face charges of obstruction of justice for allegedly helping dispose of evidence, police said.

Police said that after throwing concrete from an overpass Sunday night, Cooey, Dickens and Horonetz drove onto Interstate 77 to the car they had damaged. The women, apparently thinking the three were there to assist them, accepted a ride to a nearby pay telephone, police said.

Miss Offredo, 21, called police and her mother, Geri Muck. One of the males even got on the phone to explain to Mrs. Muck where the car was, police said.

But when Mrs. Muck and the police arrived, the two young women were not there. Their bodies were found by a hiker Monday in a wooded area in Norton.

Foys said Horonetz took part in the concrete-throwing but left when he learned that Cooey and Dickens planned to rape the women.

The three were arrested Tuesday after a man told police Cooey had offered to sell him women’s jewelry, Foys said. Necklaces, rings and watches taken from the two women were found in Cooey’s jacket pocket when he was arrested, he said. Summit County Prosecutor Lynn Slaby said he would seek a death penalty indictment for Cooey, who was on leave from the Army at the time of the killings.

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