OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT)-- The 12-year-old Omaha boy accused of murder was arrested in Minneapolis Tuesday night. Jarrell Milton is one of three suspects in custody for the June 29th shooting death of 31-year-old Jamymell Ray.
Members of the U.S. Marshals Metro Fugitive Task Force in Omaha received information that Jarrell was in Minneapolis. With the help of U.S. Marshals in Minneapolis, task force members conducted surveillance at several residences and identified Jarrell walking outside and took him into custody without incident at 11:30 p.m.
"Trying to develop information is difficult and in this situation we had a lot of community support, we received tips to help lead us to where he was and that was very beneficial," said U.S. Marshal Supervisory Deputy Chris White.
Jarrell's brother, 17-year-old Jamar Milton, and 15-year-old Shuntayvious Primes-WIllis were arrested earlier in the week and appeared in Douglas County Court Tuesday afternoon.
Police have not said how the 12-year-old got to Minnesota or if anyone will face charges in helping him get there. The boy was located by the U.S. Marshals Office and Minnesota's Fugitive Task Force. Jamar will be extradited back to Omaha to face first-degree murder charges.
WOWT 6 News has learned that Jarrell's mother, Iyannia Moss, was convicted for felony assault when Jarrell was a toddler. According to court documents, at the time Moss had seven minor children. While she was in prison, all of her children lived in an Omaha foster home. The children's father, 37-year-old Javaris Milton, is serving a 30-year prison sentence in Minnesota for a 2010 murder.
Prosecutors with the Douglas County Attorney's Office tell WOWT 6 News that the boys scheduled a meeting with Ray and his friend, 30-year-old Charles Fisher, for a drug deal in Miller Park near North 24th Street and Redick Avenue.
Both Ray and FIsher were hit by gunfire. Ray died from his injuries while Fisher was treated and released from the hospital.
Investigators believe the boys may have been involved with a gang. Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer told WOWT 6 News that the boys' possible gang association was concerning. "It's hard to intervene as a law enforcement agency when somebody is that young. You miss an opportunity for intervention when they're that young."
Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said all three suspects had weapons. "It's incomprehensible. It's unbelievable when you think of somebody who's 12 years old, seventh-grade or sixth-grade, and being charged with murder for having a gun, approaching somebody and using that firearm with two other people that also had firearms. All of it's even impossible to imagine that it's even a possibility."
"Our intentions are to file on them as adults," Kleine said. "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."