Jamestown PD: Murder suspect still at large, armed and dangerous

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (WIVB) — Shari and Keith Robbins’ relationship was fraught with conflict, which rose to the level of domestic violence, according to friends and others who knew the couple.

Police said Keith, 36, shot and killed the woman in the lot that’s used for overflow parking of Heritage Park, the rehabilitation and skilled nursing center less than a block away. Shari Robbins worked at Heritage Park.

As of late Thursday, Keith Robbins was still on the run and considered armed and dangerous. He’s described as white, standing at 5’8″ and weighing 175 lbs. He has hazel eyes and blond hair.

Heritage Ministries Executive Director David Smeltzer offered condolences on the group’s Facebook page.

“The Heritage family is reeling from the tragic and senseless loss of one of our own, Shari Robbins,” according to the post. “There are no words to express the emotions being felt around our facilities. Shari had such a positive impact on the lives of so many of our residents with her loving and caring ways as both a beautician and certified nurse assistant.”

The couple has two children.

The shooting happened just after 9 a.m. An employee of the New Creation Assembly of God had just arrived to work when she heard a gunshot. She ran outside and saw a man running away with a “long gun,” according to the church’s pastor, Dr. William Blair. Blair said the employee then found the 36-year-old Shari and called 911.

Police found Robbins’ vehicle, a 2004 Ford F-250, parked on the west side of Jamestown off Woodworth Avenue. Robbins’ father lives in the area.

Lacie Abbey knew the victim well, and said the relationship Shari had with Keith was abusive — and had been for some time.
“She reached out for help and she wasn’t protected. She wasn’t protected at all,” Abbey said.
Abbey said she doesn’t know what led up to Thursday’s killing, but she says she knows it could have been prevented.
“I was fortunate enough to learn a lot about her, so I was a shoulder for her that she could lean on,” she said. “I come to the scene and they’re like she’s gone. She is really gone, like, he hunted her down and he murdered her.”


All Jamestown Public Schools were placed on lockdown following the shooting incident. Most schools dismissed at normal time, however, building administrators were requiring parents and guardians to provide identification.

Anyone who may know where he is is asked to call police at 483-7537 or 911. Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to his capture. They can be reached at 867-6161.

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