3 more arrests made in DeWitt Chili's double homicide; 2-year-old was in getaway car

William Wood Jr. (left), Ryan Brown (center left), Tracey Brown (center right) and Ronald Green (right) charged in connection to double homicide at Chili's in DeWitt (DeWitt Police)

Police say three additional arrests have been made in connection with this past weekend's double homicide at a Chili's restaurant in Dewitt.

On Wednesday morning, Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick confirmed to CNYCentral that 47-year-old Ronald Green was the alleged getaway driver in the robbery and appeared to drive main suspect, William Wood Jr., to Fulton, where he was apprehended.

Green was charged with two counts of murder in the second degree, along with child endangerment. He had his 2-year-old child in the car at the time of the incident, police said.

Green was arraigned in court Wednesday morning and pleaded not guilty with no bail.

The child is okay and was placed in the custody of a family member.

Also charged is 53-year-old Tracy Brown, who allegedly provided the gun used in the murders in exchange for money. She has been charged with murder in the second degree and hindering the prosecution. She is being held at the Onondaga County Justice Center and is waiting to be arraigned.

Fitzpatrick said Ryan Brown, the son of Tracy Brown, has also been arrested in connection with the homicide. He is charged with hindering the prosecution. Brown was arraigned Wednesday morning and pleaded not guilty. The judge set his bail at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.

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The new arrests are not from the suspect giving up his co-conspirators, police told CNYCentral.

Fitzpatrick said the additional arrests were the result of "excellent police work." At least 100 people have been working on the case.

Two Chili's employees — Kristopher Hicks and Stephen Gudknecht — were shot at the Chili's Grill & Bar on Saturday morning.

According to DeWitt Police Chief John Alton, police arrived at the scene two minutes after the 911 call, which was placed by a woman named Jessica, who is an employee there. She told police that two people had been shot during a robbery.

She told police gunman corralled them into an office, and that's where the shootings took place.

Investigators said one was dead on the scene.

The other was taken to Upstate University Hospital where he later died.

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The first suspect, 32-year-old William Wood Jr., was arrested Sunday morning around 1 a.m. at a residence in Fulton. He was charged with two counts of murder in the first degree and robbery in the first degree.

The Onondaga County District Attorney said on Monday that Wood intended to kill four employees he met with.

Chief Anton said the investigation is still very active and he would not be surprised if more arrests are made.

Wood is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 21.

The restaurant re-opened to customers on Tuesday.

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