UPDATE: Rome Murder Suspect Arrested

Robert Coffin Apprehended in Las Vegas

ROME - You can watch Saturday's news conference on Eyewitness News anchor Mike Hoey's Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/MikeHoey_wutr/with_replies .


Rome murder suspect Robert Coffin was trying to travel by bus from the state of Colorado to Las Vegas when he was arrested Friday night.

The Rome Police Department hosted a news conference Saturday evening to share additional information about Coffin's arrest for second-degree murder. He's the suspect in the murder of Thomas Shepherd, Jr. in the back parking lot of Sammy G's Bar two weeks ago.

Rome Police Det. Jeffrey Lanigan said Coffin was arrested in Las Vegas shortly before 7:30 Eastern time Friday night, which in Las Vegas was shortly before 4:30 p.m. local time. The U.S. Marshals Las Vegas Regional Task Force arrested Coffin without incident while he was getting off of a bus that had come from Colorado. No information is available on where in the state of Colorado the bus had come from.

Det. Lanigan said that Coffin had a firearm on him when he was arrested, but investigators don't know yet if that weapon was the one believed to have been used in the murder. The car that Coffin was reported to be driving has not been found.

Lanigan and Rome Police Chief Kevin Beach both said that this case generated hundreds of tips from the community, and that those tips proved crucial to tracking Coffin's whereabouts.

Coffin is not believed to have any relatives or friends in Colorado, and authorities don't yet know what his exact travel route was in the 13 days that he was on the run. Lanigan said that the tips investigators received didn't point directly to either Colorado or Las Vegas, but that they learned Coffin was bound for Las Vegas after following up on some of those tips.

He hasn't been extradited back to Oneida County from Las Vegas yet, but the extradition process will likely be worked out by the end of this coming week. Until that happens, Lanigan said that Coffin is being held in the Clark County Detention Center.


The suspect in the murder in Rome from two weeks ago has been arrested in Nevada.

The Rome Police say that U.S. Marshals arrested Robert Coffin in Las Vegas Friday afternoon for second-degree murder. Coffin was the suspect in the shooting death of Thomas Shepherd, Jr. in the back parking lot of Sammy G's Bar on August 19th.

ATF agents have also worked with U.S Marshals and investigators from Rome on this case.

Coffin is awaiting extradition back to our area -- no details on when that might happen are available yet.

Officials say they're expecting additional information to be available either Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning.

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