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Investigation into Rochester homicide continues with search of Wayne Co. property

An investigation into the homicide of a Rochester man continued Thursday in Wayne County.

Rochester Police and Wayne County Sheriff’s deputies were at the last-known address of Charisse Walton Thursday morning. She and Aries Ash are charged with murder in the death of Maximillion Cook.

In a statement, a representative for the Rochester Police Department said “Our investigation continues into the death of Maximillian Cook, as such, we can only give additional information on the case when it is appropriate for us to do so. We will update you as soon as we can.”

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A Wayne County couple is accused of killing a Rochester man, then driving his body to Syracuse – dumping it in a vacant house.

The bizarre story developed late-Wednesday as investigators combed through the scene in Syracuse.

It appears as though the investigation began on Tuesday following a car chase that ended in a crash with a garbage truck.

Aries Ash, 30, and Charisse Walton, 36, both of North Rose, are charged with second-degree murder after a missing Greece man, 43-year-old Maximillian Cook, was found dead on the property of a vacant home on Dearborn Place in Syracuse.

Ash admitted to shooting Cook once in the torso with a semi-automatic handgun on Pennsylvania Avenue in Rochester on March 23rd, according to law enforcement.

On Wednesday, WHEC-TV caught up with loved ones who were trying to deal with Cook’s murder. “It hurts so bad…it hurts so bad,” said Chaz Mitchell, Cook’s younger brother. “He always wanted to see people smiling and made sure if I was hungry, he made sure he got food for me. He’d have no gas in his car, broke and he’d find a way to get to me, take me to work so I would get there on time.”

When police officers tried to stop the car on Culver Road in Rochester, they say the car sped off. The pursuit ended in the 1600 block of Clifford Avenue where the vehicle collided with a City of Rochester garbage truck, according to WHEC-TV.

“Funny guy, sweetheart, light up a room with his personality,” said Kelly Brown, owner of Cannabis Cures. “Just fun to be around, you know.”

Ash and Walton were taken into custody without further incident.

 

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