Known gang member who fatally shot 7-year-old in Michigan arrested, another wanted

Source: Oakland County Sheriff's Office; MEGA

Mar. 26 2022, Published 4:54 p.m. ET

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A Michigan man shot and killed a 7-year-old girl while she rode in her mother's car on the way home from school and he now faces several charges, including first-degree murder, according to The Detroit News.

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A 17-year-old was driving Rouser at the time of the homicide and police are looking for that person, the outlet reports. The department is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

Jayshon Justin Rouser, 19, is being held in Oakland County jail without bond, online records show.

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Rouser, who police said is a known member of the 4-Block gang, was arrested in Wednesday in Taylor, Michigan by deputies and agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, The Detroit News reports.

More than 20 detectives and agents performed a search on homes in Pontiac and Troy. On Wednesday, detectives learned Rouser was likely hiding in a Troy home. They caught him leaving the residence as a passenger in a vehicle, in which he was wearing a ski mask in order to hide his appearance, according to The Detroit News.

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Rouser is facing nine other charges. They include four counts of assault with intent to commit murder and five counts of possession of a firearm while in the commission of a felony.

He faces life in prison without parole if convicted on the murder charge.

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Police say Ariah Jackson was riding home with her mother at 4:50 p.m. March 18 when they pulled into driveway of their home. A passenger dressed in black hung out the window of a orange Chevrolet Blazer and shot eight times at the vehicle, Ariah's mother told police, The Detroit News reports.


Deputies took Ariah to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead not long after. Her mother was grazed by a bullet on her head but declined treatment and was released from the hospital, according to the news outlet.

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The sheriff's office said there is no known connection between the parties.

The 17-year-old police are seeking is JaJuan Calvin McDonald, of Pontiac, who is also a 4-Block gang member. He faces the same charges as Rouser, The Detroit News reports.

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He is considered armed and dangerous.

Daejion Markese Bryant, 21, of Troy, the driver of the vehicle Rouser was caught in, was also arrested, according to the news outlet. He is also a 4-Block gang member, police said.

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He is charged with lying to a police officer during a violent crime investigation, which is a four-year felony. The Detroit News reports.

Source: Oakland County Sheriff's Office; MEGA

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