Canton man Chester Ray Crank, arrested, charged with aggravated murder of 87-year-old Bennie Angelo

CANTON, Ohio - Canton police detectives have made an arrest in the 2007 homicide of 87-year-old Bennie Angelo.

The Canton Detective's Bureau, Special Investigative Unit and agents from the F.B.I. Street Task Force executed an arrest warrant about 9 a.m. Wednesday morning at 932 Prospect Ave. SW.

Detectives arrested and charged Chester Ray Crank, 33 with aggravated murder and aggravated burglary.

Detectives also executed a simultaneous search warrant for additional evidence at Crank's residence at 2012 19th St. NE.

Bennie Angelo's daughter, Becky Angelo, has worked tirelessly to keep her father's murder in the public eye. "To know that somebody is in custody, it's like everything we've done was worth it. The tears, everything," said Becky Angelo with tears in her eyes.

Bennie Angelo was a World War II veteran, he survived Pearl Harbor only to be killed in his Canton home.

Becky Angelo and Canton police detective Sergeant Victor George were on a mission to solve this case. George took the case so personally. He said just a few months ago that  he would not retire until the case was closed. "He was very determined, " said Canton police Capt. Dave Davis.

George spent the majority of Wednesday interviewing people who could have information about the murder of Angelo. Detectives continue to investigate. Police said further charges and/or arrests may be pending in this case.

The Canton police responded to Angelo's residence at 1827 Endrow Ave. NE on Jan. 7, 2007 after the Canton Fire Department discovered a gunshot wound on his body during a fire at his residence.

Investigators believe the fire was intentionally set to conceal the crime.

Anyone with any information on any of Canton's unsolved homicides is asked to call the detective bureau at 330-489-3144. Anonymous tips can also be sent through Tip411. Sign up here for Tip411.

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