Amended charges for defendant, Melvonte Lee Peterson, include 2 counts of 2nd Degree Murder and 2 counts of Manslaughter in the death of Le’Vonte King Jason Jones, age 2. Facts regarding July 15, 2016 have been added to the complaint.
“On July 15, 2016, the defendant was located at an apartment in Brooklyn Park, Hennepin County. The defendant was commanded to come upstairs but he did not respond for a number of minutes. He then finally went upstairs and was arrested. Officers searched the residence and they located a .45 caliber handgun in the basement rafters. Near the gun were cobwebs and insulation. When the defendant was taken into custody, he had cobwebs and insulation in his hair.”
The defendant is currently in custody at the Hennepin County Adult Detention Center.
The Minneapolis Police Departments’ Investigators are continuing to work on the investigation to hold all of those responsible for the death of Le’Vonte King Jason Jones accountable.
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Male Arrested in Connection to Homicide of Child
July 20, 2016 (MINNEAPOLIS) The Minneapolis Police Department has arrested an adult male in connection to the July 8th homicide at the intersection of Penn Avenue North and Lowry Avenue North.
Chris Maurice Welch, age 31 has been arrested in the homicide of Le’Vonte King Jason Jones, age 2. The arrested party has been booked into the Hennepin County Adult Detention Center on Probable Cause Murder.
The booking photo of the individual is being held for investigative purposes. No further information is available until the County Attorney makes a charging decision.
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2 Year Old Dies After an Exchange of Gunfire
July 8, 2016 (MINNEAPOLIS) Shortly before 11:30 this morning, Minneapolis Police responded to a report of gun shots heard at the intersection of Penn Avenue North and Lowry Avenue North.
Once officers arrived on scene, they were notified that two victims with gunshot wounds were at North Memorial Medical Center. A 2 year old who was struck by gunfire died at the hospital while a 15 month old suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound.
The Minneapolis Police Department has 8 investigators working on this case. According to preliminary information gathered in the investigation, the incident appears to be the result of gunfire between individuals known to each other.
Investigators and officers continue to interview a number of people and are reviewing a great deal of video from the area. K-9 units were used at the scene to look for more evidence.
The Medical Examiner’s Office will release the identity of the victim as well as the nature and cause of death.
Members of the MPD Community Support Team were at the scene and the hospital to help people with their grief and facilitate dialogue. Officers will be providing extra community engagement in this area. People are strongly encouraged to interact with these officers and share any information they may have.
Anyone with information is encouraged to text their tip into 847411 (TIP411). Enter MPD, a space, and then the information. These text messages are assigned a tip number and the police department has no way of identifying the source of the information. All texts are anonymous. Persons may also call the MPD TIP Line at 612-692-TIPS (8477) or call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
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