Friend tells very different story of Northwood murder suspect

Seeing Sarah Bunch behind bars for murder brings her best friend Kassaundra Dunbar to tears.
Seeing Sarah Bunch behind bars for murder brings her best friend Kassaundra Dunbar to tears.
Report by Lisa Rantala - email | bio

NORTHWOOD (WTOL) - A day after her arrest, friends of a 20-year-old Northwood woman and suspected murderer claim we do not have the full story.

It's not the usual crime in Northwood and not the usual suspect. Neighbors told us on News 11 Tuesday night, December 9 that this 20-year old was breaking into homes. They said when the victim found out, she shot him dead.

Her friends say they don't believe she was alone at the time.

Seeing Sarah Bunch behind bars for murder brings her best friend Kassaundra Dunbar to tears. "If I had the bail money, I would bail her out just so she could spend one day with that little boy," says Dunbar. She worries what will happen to Bunch and her two-year-old son Matthew.

Then, Dunbar's worry turns to anger. "I don't see her just saying, 'Hey, I'm going to break into this guy's house and shoot him in the head.'" Dunbar doesn't think she did it alone.

"I think Sarah is taking the rap for somebody. I really do." Dunbar tells us Bunch started hanging out with the wrong crowd weeks ago who have been known for criminal activity. She said they carried guns, even threatened to kill.

One of Bunch's neighbors said Bunch, herself, fell victim to the violence. "Some guy beat her up in the yard, in the street... really bad I guess. He really punched her out," says neighbor Bob Whitcomb.

Prosecutors say Sarah Bunch, the good student and mother who held down two jobs, confessed. So far, she's the only one arrested.

Meanwhile her friend Kassaundra says, "It's like my friend is dead. She's gone to me. I'm not going to see her."

Whether Bunch acted alone or someone prompted her to do it, Dunbar just wants the whole truth out. She tells Sarah, "Your friendship is really important to me, and I really hope to see you come out of this."