Crime Stoppers April 27: What happened to Jonathon Cole?

Jonathon Cole

This week's Crime Stoppers homicide case is one police urgently need to heat up. It's been more than{}three weeks{}since Jonathon Cole was shot and killed. Now, it's a matter of someone speaking up and giving detectives the clue they need to find the killer. Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper explains.

"I'm Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper.

This is a case we won't allow to turn cold. I'm sure somebody knows who killed Jonathon Cole. He was just 22 years old, and we hope someone will feel comfortable providing an anonymous tip to help us find the killer.

This is what you need to know. It was Friday, April 5th. Officers responded to the Garden Inn and Suites on Crestwood Boulevard. Cole was lying on the sidewalk. He had been shot and killed.

A witness told investigators that she heard at least two gunshots and a vehicle speeding away. Another witness said he saw a black vehicle leave the scene.

We need someone to come forward. Someone knows who's behind this. Who knew Cole would be at the hotel and what was the motive? Anything you've heard is fair game for Crime Stoppers.

We'll check the tip, and if we make an arrest, you get a cash reward and you'll stay anonymous.

If you know anything, know Crime Stoppers is here for your protection. Our program keeps you anonymous, so there's no reason to fear. You never give your name, and Crime Stoppers cannot call you to court. Just dial 205-254-7777. There's a cash reward if you have the right tip, and you still won't have to give your name.

It's time to close this case. Jonathon Cole needs real justice. With Crime Stoppers, I'm Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper.

You can reach Crime Stoppers anytime at (205) 254-7777.

Also, you can text 7777, along with your tip, to the word "CRIMES." Or if you prefer to send an encrypted tip online, go to click on the "submit an online tip" link.

No matter which method you choose, you will remain anonymous. Each tipster receives a private code number. If an arrest is made based on an individual's tip, the tipster can use the code number to claim a cash reward.

Crime Stoppers cannot call tipsters to testify in court.

Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama is a partnership between local law enforcement, the Birmingham Business Alliance and ABC 33/40. Together, our goal is to make our community a safer place to live and work.