Toledo Police release new video linked to murder of Charles Powell Sr.

Powell was murdered inside his own home and the case remains unsolved
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Published: Mar. 25, 2022 at 12:02 PM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Charles Powell, Sr. was known in his neighborhood as a man who was always friendly, didn’t cause any problems and was willing to help people in need. Detectives say the 64-year-old sold small liquor bottles after hours, made plates of food, offered rides late at night and ironed clothes for people in his South Toledo home on Vinton Street.

“He was an entrepreneur, just trying to get by,” says Detective Paul Marchyok.

Early in the morning on March, 25, 2018, police say three people were outside of Powell’s home. They showed up just after 1 a.m. In new surveillance video that was just released by investigators, you see a truck pull-up in front of Powell’s home and one person go inside. The truck is a full sized Dodge Ram. A passenger gets out, goes in the house, comes back out and says something to the driver and then the truck leaves. A second car pulls up and detectives say someone is acting as a lookout. The truck later returns and the man in the house walks out with a bag of stuff.

Two hours later, another person shows up at Powell’s home and finds the man dead. He calls 911 to report the crime. Police say there was no sign of a break-in and believe the suspect knew Powell and planned to rob him.

“It had to be somebody Mr. Powell was comfortable with otherwise he wouldn’t of opened the door and let that person in the house,” says Det. Marchyok.

Four years after the crime, Powell’s homicide is still unsolved. Police are hoping someone remembers the case or has information about who was inside his home right before he was killed.

If you have any information about the murder of Charles Powell, Sr. you can call or text Crime Stopper 419-255-111. You could be eligible for a cash reward.

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