UPDATE OCTOBER 24, 2015 2:00 pm
The department is pleased to announce that we have made an arrest of the suspect responsible for the murder of Zoe Hastings.
First I want to extend our sincere appreciation and thanks to the Hastings family for their patience and support in what I can only imagine is the most difficult event they’ve ever been through – to each and every citizen volunteer who gave their time to help canvass the neighborhoods – to the hundreds of citizens who took the time to call and report possible leads to our detectives, – to Oak Farms Dairy for the generous offer of a reward, – to the crime scene technicians and analysts who meticulously processed the crime scene for physical evidence, – to the members of our U.S. Marshals Fugitive Apprehension team and finally to our very hard working detectives of the Dallas Police Homicide Unit. This truly was a community policing success given the involvement and cooperation of citizens and police.
Late last night, we received the results from DNA tests conducted on physical evidence recovered from the crime scene. Those results showed a match with an individual in the DNA database.
The suspect identified as Antonio Lamar Cochran B/M 1-19-1981, matched the description of the witness who saw him abduct Zoe from the Walgreens and drive off with her. We gave this information to our detectives assigned to the U.S. Marshall’s Fugitive Apprehension Team and in less than 8 hours they were able to locate and arrest him in an apartment in Northeast Dallas early this morning.
He has been taken to the Dallas County Jail and charged with Capital Murder and his bond is currently set at $1 Million dollars.
Once again I want to say thank you to the Hasting family and our citizens for the way they came together to assist us in solving this tragic murder.
A statement from Zoe Hastings’ family was also released today via the Dallas Police Department’s Facebook Page stating the following:
The Family of Zoe Hastings is so grateful for the Dallas Police Department’s swift action in making this arrest. We feel one step closer to bringing closure to our family regarding this senseless tragedy. We also want to thank each and every person in the community who has supported us and the DPD in their efforts.
The manner in which the entire community has banded together for the goal of honoring Zoe’s life and seeking to find the truth and justice is representative of how Zoe lived her life loving others and recognizing a power greater than herself.
Please continue to keep the Hastings family in your thoughts and prayers.
The Hastings Family
Take a moment to watch the video of Dallas Police Department’s Press Conference providing arrest details:
Press Conference: Zoe Hastings Murder Update (Dallas Police Department)