16 July 2022
 
NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Ruben A. Oliver
Troop B Commander
 
 
 

 

PRESS RELEASE

UPDATE July 29, 2022 with photos (see below):

State Police has obtained an arrest warrant for the suspect wanted in the July 14, 2022, homicide of Monique R. Yanulavich that occurred in the town of Plattsburgh.

The investigation has determined that Larry M. Hicks Jr., 47, of Tabor City, North Carolina, is responsible for the murder of Yanulavich, who was found deceased inside a vehicle on a parking lot off Plaza Boulevard in the town of Plattsburgh.  An arrest warrant for Murder 2nd degree has been issued.    

Based on evidence, State Police have determined that Hicks has fled New York State, traveleing to North Carolina on a 2015 Honda Goldwing Motorcycle. On July 15, 2022, he was caught on a surveillance camera in South Carolina, and was last seen on July 21, 2022 boarding a bus in Corpus Christi, Texas destined for Brownsville, Texas. 

Hicks is white male, 6’7” in height, weighs 300 pounds and has black and gray hair and blue eyes.

Anyone who has information regarding Larry M. Hicks Jr. or his whereabouts is asked to contact the New York State Police at 1-800-GIVETIP or  crimetip@troopers.ny.gov

  Larry M. Hicks Jr.

  Still frame of surveillance photo of Hicks in Whiteville, N.C. on 7/13/2022

   Still frame of suveillance video of Hicks Jr. in South Carolina on 7/15/2022

  Stock image of 2015 Honda Goldwing

 

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UPDATE July 19, 2022: The State Police is asking the public for assistance with video from security cameras showing pedestrian traffic between 10:30 p.m. and 7 a.m. on Thursday, July 14 in the following areas:

  • Smithfield Boulevard
  • Consumer Square
  • Ampersand Drive
  • Ruger Street
  • Labarre Street
  • Sorrell Avenue

If anyone has video from the above mentioned areas on the listed date and time range, please contact the New York State Police at 518-563-3761. 

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          On July 14, 2022, at approximately 1:19 p.m., New York State Police in Plattsburgh were requested to check on the welfare of 45-year-old Monique R. Yanulavich of 5 Westwood Drive, Plattsburgh, New York. State Police and family members began to check the local area and at approximately 5:45 p.m., Yanulavich was located deceased in her vehicle in the parking lot of Champlain National Bank on State Route 3 in Plattsburgh. That scene was secured along with the residence at 5 Westwood Drive.  Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie and Clinton County Coroner Chad Deans responded to assist in the investigation. Local area Fire Departments and EMS also assisted.

            On July 15, 2022, an autopsy was performed on Yanulavich by Dr. Michael Sikirica at Glens Falls Medical Center. The cause of death was determined to be multiple stab wounds and the manner of death was ruled homicide.

            The scenes have been processed and evidence was collected by the New York State Police Troop B Forensic Identification Unit. Evidence was also located off Interstate 87 in the town of Elizabethtown.  

            New York State Police and our Law Enforcement partner agencies have investigated nearly 100 leads to date. The police investigation has determined that the attack appears to have been targeted and not random. Nothing has been developed during the investigation that would deem the public to be at risk of danger.  

            State Police are requesting the public who live in the areas of State Route 3/Cornelia Street, Broad Street, Rugar Street, and Westwood Drive in Plattsburgh check any surveillance camera systems for suspicious activity from 1:00 a.m. until 6:00 a.m. on Thursday July 14, 2022. State Police also ask for the public to report any suspicious items that may be located on their property to include in garbage receptacles.  Call New York State Police at 518-563-3761 if any information regarding this request is found.

            The New York State Police are being assisted in this investigation by the Plattsburgh City Police Department, Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, SUNY Plattsburgh Police Department, FBI, New York State Forest Rangers and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. 

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