NC - Amanda Strous, 27, killed in arson fire, Charlotte, 18 June 2016

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  1. Richrd

    Richrd Well-Known Member

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    Amanda Strous - W/F/27 - Died From Arson Fire - Charlotte - 18 June 2016

    Amanda Strous :: White / Female / 27 Years Old

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    Amanda Strous, Deceased

    Day Three

    Mon., June 20th: WBTV:

    http://www.wbtv.com/story/32254097/...lled-from-intentionally-set-fire-in-charlotte:

    "...fire was intentionally set while... Amanda... still inside...

    Detectives do not believe... a random act of violence." [Emphasis by Richrd]

    Plus:

    via Istiff: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/article84780987.html
    &
    http://shipraiders.com/news/2016/6/...-mourns-the-loss-of-amanda-strous-11-15m.aspx


    Police Homicide Unit :: 704-432-TIPS
    or
    Crime Stoppers :: 704 334-1600
     
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  3. lstiff

    lstiff Active Member

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    OMG. I am local to the area and this is just bizarre/tragic/sad. :(

    IMO


    ETA link: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/article84780987.html

     
  4. Gwyndolyn

    Gwyndolyn New Member

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    Maybe someone possibly upset about the upcoming nuptials, but didn't want to hurt the fiancé or roommate? Arson is a pretty hands off way to kill someone.
     
  5. kaen

    kaen Trying to be a good human.

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    It is very odd that this was the only weekend she was there alone. If not a random act, then, I wonder if it was arson and murder for hire. So sad....
     
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    I am trying to find a more detailed picture and more information about the apartment complex, but it looks like there are a couple different Steele Creek apartments. Anyone have an idea?
     
  7. Richrd

    Richrd Well-Known Member

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    Amanda Strous - W/F/27 - Died From Arson Fire - Charlotte - 18 June 2016

    Amanda Strous :: White / Female / 27 Years Old

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    Amanda Strous :: Alumna of Shippensburg University

    Day Three

    Mon., June 20th:

    http://www.wcnc.com/news/crime/cmpd-investigating-fatal-fire-as-arson/248600214
    &
    http://www.wsoctv.com/news/local/1-...rlotte-apartment-fire-officials-say/350499542:

    "... suspect in the murder... arrested Out-of-State." [Emphasis by Richrd]

    Apartment Complex:

    http://www.enclaveatrivergate.com/

    Earlier Monday:

    http://www.wbtv.com/story/32254097/...lled-from-intentionally-set-fire-in-charlotte:

    "...fire was intentionally set while... Amanda... still inside...

    Detectives do not believe... a random act of violence." [Emphasis by Richrd]

    Plus:

    via Istiff: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/article84780987.html
    &
    Tribute from Her Shippensburg, PA, University:


    http://shipraiders.com/news/2016/6/...-mourns-the-loss-of-amanda-strous-11-15m.aspx


    Our Salute to Law Enforcement for Their Rapid Results.
     
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    Gwyndolyn New Member

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    Wow they made an out of state arrest and more news to come! :happydance:
     
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    I am local and she worked for the same community college that I do. Just found this out this morning.
     
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    http://www.enclaveatrivergate.com/

    Steele Creek is an area in SW Charlotte.
     
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    So sorry, it is so tragic and senseless. I hope justice is swift!
     
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    Upstairs Neighbor, Mathew Thomas Benner, 28 :: Arrested in NV For Murder & Arson

    Amanda Strous - W/F/27 - Died From Arson Fire - Charlotte - 18 June 2016

    Defendant:
    Mathew Thomas Benner :: Male / 28 Years Old

    Decedent:
    Amanda Strous :: White / Female / 27 Years Old

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    Amanda Strous :: Alumna of Shippensburg University

    Day Three

    Mon., June 20th:

    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/article84780987.html
    &
    http://www.wcnc.com/news/crime/cmpd-investigating-fatal-fire-as-arson/248600214
    &
    http://www.wsoctv.com/news/local/1-...rlotte-apartment-fire-officials-say/350499542
    &
    http://www.wbtv.com/story/32262667/...selor-pulled-from-burning-charlotte-apartment

    Apartment Complex:

    http://www.enclaveatrivergate.com/

    Tribute from Her Shippensburg University, (PA):

    http://shipraiders.com/news/2016/6/...-mourns-the-loss-of-amanda-strous-11-15m.aspx


    Our Salute to Law Enforcement for Their Rapid Results.
     
  15. OkieGranny

    OkieGranny New Member Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    http://www.pennlive.com/news/2016/06/suspect_in_homicide_of_shippen.html

     
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    I wonder what the motive was. Maybe he assaulted and killed her and then set the fire to try to cover up what he had done.

    Sent from my SM-G900V using Tapatalk
     
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    I would like to hear some female speculation please. Is this going to be an unstable upstairs neighbor thing where "I asked her to turn the music down 3 times"? Or something a little deeper? If she were home alone I doubt it was a night of loud music and loud laughing downstairs. Do you think the upstairs neighbor knew the fiancee' was in MD? Obsessed stalker type jealous neighbor?
    I would assume we will soon learn a few details to answer my speculation since he has confessed.
     
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    My female gut says creepo! Stalker/Anti-social type, looking for the perfect opportunity (everyone gone), maybe let it get out of hand, possibly first major crime. The fire and fleeing the scene just seem very impulsive and amateurish to me.

    I'm just glad he was caught and there will be justice!
     
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    I think he was infatuated with her, and had been watching her for awhile, knew she was getting married.... and couldn't handle the IMAGINED rejection.
     
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    Unstable upstairs neighbor getting even for some imagined slight which might have been rejection. It might have all been in his head but he was very angry and knew she would be alone.

    More unhinged than a typical stalker neighbor, but also cold and calculating.

    And cruel. Poor Amanda.

    Speculation and jmo.
     
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