Jack E. Turner

Jack E. Turner

MILLCREEK TOWNSHIP, Erie County — The Cochranton man being sought by Pennsylvania State Police in connection to a double murder near Guys Mills late Saturday is also a suspect in an early Sunday gas station robbery in Millcreek Township, according to Millcreek police.

“We’re investigating with the belief that it’s the same person that PSP is looking for at this point,” said Lt. Donald Kucenski, investigative services division commander, “but we haven’t confirmed it yet.”

Jack Elijah Turner, 21, is being sought for questioning and is considered a person of interest in the double homicide of Shannon Whitman, 49, and her 10-year-old son at a Route 198 home between 6:50 and 10 p.m. Saturday. Turner faces a felony charge of theft by unlawful taking for allegedly stealing a gray or silver 2009 Lincoln MKS sedan, license plate KXW5126, from the residence.

Turner has not been charged in the gas station robbery, Kucenski said.

Autopsies of Whitman and her son are at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Erie, according to Crawford County Coroner Scott Schell.  

A robbery at the Kwik Fill gas station at 3360 W. 38th St. in Millcreek Township was reported at approximately 5:30 a.m. Sunday, according to Kucenski, and the description of the man who committed the robbery and his vehicle were consistent with descriptions of Turner. Kucenski said police are also checking video of the robbery from inside the convenience store. Turner’s alleged involvement in the robbery was first reported by the Erie Times-News.

The money stolen from the store came from the lottery vending machine, according to Kucenski. 

“The clerk was dealing with that money and had it out,” Kucenski said, “so at that point (the suspect) went and retrieved his gun from the car and basically said, ‘Give me the money.’”

No one was hurt in the incident, Kucenski said.

The gas station robbery suspect was described as a white male in his early 20s wearing a blue-and-white sweatshirt and matching pants with a black ball cap. He was armed with a black handgun.

State police have described Turner as white with dark brown hair and brown eyes, 5 feet, 11 inches tall and 145 pounds. He also has a tattoo covering his right hand, has trimmed eyebrows and frequently wears what appears to be diamond stud earrings in both ears, according to police.

Turner is believed to be armed and dangerous, according to state police.

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