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July 17, 2013

Police seeking link in crimes

EBENSBURG — Authorities are looking for similarities in two unsolved murders and a shooting in Cambria County.

District Attorney Kelly Callihan met with investigators who are searching for the killers of Robert T. Williams Jr., 38, of Richland Township and  Vincent Bloom, 38, of Lower Yoder Township, and the men who shot David Consiglio, 22, in a Richland apartment.

In each case, two black men are believed to be involved, Callihan said.

“I can’t say they’re related,” she said. “But we want to exhaust all investigative options.”

The meeting on Tuesday included detectives from the Johnstown, Richland and West Hills Regional police departments, the FBI and county detectives.

Bloom was robbed July 19, 2012, while working in his garage on Norton Road.

Two black males struck Bloom on the head with a handgun, tied him up with an electrical cord, doused him with gasoline and set him on fire. He died a week later at West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh with third-degree burns over 70 percent of his body.

Investigators said several months ago that arrests in the case were imminent. Now they’re not sure.

“It’s not uncommon for investigations to take a turn in a different direction,” Callihan said, declining to provide specifics. “We’re continuing to examine significant reports that are coming back to help us find whoever committed the crime.”

Two black males who gunned down Williams inside his Lydia Drive home in Richland on Jan. 3 also remain at large.

Williams died of gunshot wounds to the head.

Investigators also continue to search for two black males who shot David Consiglio, 22, of the Hollidaysburg area, on Dec. 12 during a robbery at the Bloomfield Apartments on Theatre Drive.

Consiglio was treated at Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown and later released.

“What we did was basically got together to compare notes,” Richland police Detective Thomas Keirn said. “It was a meeting of the minds.”

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