Police in Mount Vernon arrest suspect in two murders nearly a decade old

After years without answers, a man has been charged with murdering two Mount Vernon women nearly a decade ago. While in prison, police say 39-year-old John Rose admitted he had sex with 37-year-old Michelle Williams and then stabbed her several times back in May of 1998. Just two months later, investigators say Rose had sex with 46-year-old Olivia Saunders and then stabbed her with an ice pick. Rose admitted to police that he was high on crack cocaine prior to killing both woman. Rose went to prison in 2001 for raping a Bronx woman and later for violating parole. Police say there was no pressure to arrest him for the murders because he was already in jail. On Friday, however, when Rose was to be released from jail, police arrested him. Rose was arraigned Monday and taken back to Westchester County Jail where he is being held without bail. He is due back in Mount Vernon City Court in two weeks.

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