A Dallas, TX man previously arrested in the death of an 81-year-old woman has been charged with killing at least 11 more elderly women whose jewelry and other valuables he stole, authorities said Thursday.
Billy Chemirmir, 46, posed as a caregiver for women across the Metroplex before killing and robbing them, according to police and court documents. As of Tuesday, Chemirmir was accused of killing 12 elderly women and attempting to kill two others in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
While Chemirmir was in custody at Dallas County Jail, Frisco police served a warrant against him for attempted murder in another case — the assault of a 93-year-old woman. A man had forced his way into the woman’s home, pushed a pillow over her face and stole jewelry from her.
At a press conference in March 2018, Plano police said authorities were combing through more than 750 unattended senior deaths dating back to at least 2010 that weren’t previously investigated to determine if Chemirmir was involved.
“He told the [Plano] victim, ‘go to bed and don’t fight me,’ ” Plano Chief of Police Gregory Rushin said at a news conference in March 2018. “She complied and the suspect put a pillow over her face, causing her to lose consciousness, and he then stole her jewelry.”
According to Tuesday’s indictments, Chemirmir robbed the six Dallas women and smothered them with pillows between May 2016 and January 2018.
Search records show that investigators found a trove of women’s jewelry, cell phones and medical scrubs in Chemirmir’s apartment after Harris’ death, WFAA reported.
Chemirmir has lived in the Dallas area for more than a decade, but court records note that he is a citizen of Kenya. Immigration authorities have placed a jail hold on him.
His bail has been set at more than $9 million.
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