A 12-year-old Nebraska boy who was wanted for murder in a gang-related shooting in Omaha was arrested Tuesday night nearly 400 miles from the scene, according to reports.
Jarrell Milton's two alleged accomplices were arrested Monday and charged as adults with first-degree murder, but the wanted boy had been on the lam until the U.S. Marshals Service nabbed Milton in Minneapolis on Tuesday night,police told the Omaha World-Herald. Authorities will now begin court proceedings to transport him back to Omaha to stand trial, the World-Herald reported early Wednesday.
Police say Shuntayvious Primes-Willis, 15, (left) and Jamar E. Milton, 17 (right) tried to rob two men before at least one of them opened fire on June 29. Milton's younger brother Jarrell is also wanted in connection with the incident.
Prosecutors say Milton, his older brother Jamar E. Milton, 17, and another teen, Shuntayvious Primes-Willis, 15, reeled in their two adult victims last month with a promise to sell them marijuana near Miller Park, according to the newspaper.
The boys allegedly tried to rob the two men before at least one of them, or possibly all three, opened fire on Jamymell Ray, 31, and Charles Fisher, 30, on June 29 at N. 24th St. and Redick Ave., the World-Herald reported. Ray died from his wounds.
Jamymell Ray, 31, was pronounced dead at a hospital shortly after the shooting, police say.
Fisher, who was wounded in the attack, escaped and later labeled the three boys as the shooters in a lineup, the newspaper reported. A judge denied Primes-Wills and the elder Milton bond on Tuesday and prosecutors are still determining how to proceed with Milton as the investigation continues, Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said,according to WOWT.
“There's a question in regards to the 12-year-old under the new law, whether we can proceed in adult court, so we'll get him into custody and then make that determination,” said Kleine, who noted Milton is the youngest murder suspect he can remember. He added, “There isn’t any question in my mind” the three boys have gang ties.
Prosecutors say the three boys reeled in their suspects by promising to sell them marijuana near Miller Park in Omaha last month.
Investigators are also examining how the three suspects may have found the guns and what sort of parental supervision they had, the World-Herald reported. Nebraska’s largest city has suffered from gang violence recently, Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer told KETV.
“Today's victim turns into tomorrow's suspect, and that's the retaliatory nature of what we're seeing,” Schmaderer said. “But also, we are concerned about downward pressure from some of the older gang members pushing the younger ones to do some of the dirty work.”