In Lockland, Ohio – a former trucking company employee arrested over the weekend as a “person of interest” in the abduction and shooting death of 72-year-old business owner James Rolman, has been charged with aggravated murder, according to court documents.
Christopher R. McFerron, 44, was arrested Sunday after leading police on a chase lasting more than an hour down Interstates 275 and 74 through Colerain Township, crashing his car and fleeing on foot. It was later revealed he ingested heroin and put a gun to his head right before the chase.
Police said McFerron had been a customer at Rolman’s recycling business, the David Hirschberg Steel Company. Rolman went missing Friday after withdrawing $6,500 from a U.S. Bank location in Lockland. Bank surveillance cameras captured somebody else getting into Roman’s car.
Saturday morning, two steel workers found Rolman dead in his vehicle parked at a silo next to the former J&R Trucking company, where McFerron had worked a couple of years ago. In 2009, the trucking company sued McFerron for more than $5,000 in unpaid fees on repairs to a truck he brought to the company, court documents state.
A husband and father of two, McFerron has no previous criminal record. He his being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center with a bond set at $1.25 million.
Along with alleged aggravated murder, McFerron has also said to have been charged with failure to comply with a police officer, inducing panic and using weapons while intoxicated.
As they continue with the investigation, authorities cannot be sure that McFeron was the one who pulled the trigger on Rolman and are not ruling out the possibility that others may have been involved in the murder.