The Oakland Police Department (OPD) arrested Wilbert Winchester for the murder of Dilma Franks-Spruill and the attempted murder of another individual. Both incidents took place in the city of Oakland. Winchester is also under investigation in connection with several other violent attacks throughout Oakland.
The department noted that the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office charged the suspect with murder and attempted murder in the case.
“Three houses away. She was almost home, but she’s not coming home,” said Miles, Spruill’s son. told reporters:
“You took my best friend. You took the last living biological parent I have.” Son mourns his mother, a veteran @USPS worker, is stabbed to death while walking home from the post office. Man held by @oaklandpolicecacharged by @AlamedaCountyDA with murder. https://t.co/zNRWn9YKag pic.twitter.com/jZt4KCG2Eh
— Henry K. Lee (@henrykleeKTVU) January 13, 2023
He also presented the suspect with a message saying, “I bid you peace and I bid you farewell. You brought my best friend. You took the only last living biological parent I have.
The incident happened around 12:30 a.m. after Spruill finished her shift at work and was on her way home.
Meanwhile, the US Postal Service expressed its grief at the loss, stating: “Dilma radiated energy, joy and brought light to all who had the pleasure of knowing and working with her. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and colleagues at this time.”
According to TBEN 7, Winchester previously served three years in prison for elder abuse.
Video footage shows community members gathering to pay their respects to their beloved neighbor:
“Everything is missing, everything. I’m numb. I still have stomach problems. I’m not sleeping,” Miles said, adding that he wanted to “live up to her legacy and spirit because that’s what she would want me to do.”
As the crime wave sweeps across President Joe Biden’s (D) America, citizens are “more likely than at any time in the past five decades to say there is more crime in their area than there was a year ago,” Gallup reported in October.
“The 56% of U.S. adults reporting an increase in crime where they live marks a five percentage point increase since last year and is two points higher than the Gallup trend dating back to 1972,” the article said.