Syracuse Police confirm an arrest in a cold case involving a homeless woman who died of a head injury on the street in 2012. Michelle Noce, 42, was found unconscious at her 'home' under an I-690 ramp near Herald Place. At the time, police suspected she had been in a fight over panhandling 'territory' at the busy corner.
Noce died of a head injury, and her death was labled suspicious. Back in 2012 police did not call the death a homicide, saying they were still investigating the circumstances.
Police say an indictment was returned against the suspect for assault in the third degree, a misdemeanor. The suspect is Chad Balitz, 26. We are still waiting for more detailed information about the suspect , the circumstances surrounding the arrest and information about what he's accused of doing to cause Noce's injuries. Balitz is due to appear incourt August 7th. He is being held without bail.
Noce's death was one of two involving chronically homeless people in a span of two weeks in the Fall of 2012. 41-year-old Timothy Wilkin's death was ruled accidental. He was found burned to death under a city bridge.