Police in Illinois have charged a suspect with the cold-blooded slaying of a teenager standing outside his family’s home, authorities said.
On Sept. 14, Anycco M. Rivers, 24, was charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Davarion Jones last year in Kankakee, the Daily-Journal reported.
According to police, on July 6, 2021, Jones and several other teens were standing in a group by a car when Rivers allegedly approached them and opened fire, striking and killing Jones.
“The murder of 15-year-old Davarion Jones was especially troubling to the department,” Kankakee Police Chief Robin Passwater said. “His murder was senseless and shocked the community. Anytime a young person is killed, all officers feel an extra sense of duty to arrest those responsible.”
“Without the assistance of other local and federal law enforcement agencies, and the Kankakee County Coroner’s office, this arrest would not have been possible,” Passwater added.
A judge set Rivers’ bond at $2 million
“This murder and rumors surrounding it were the impetus for so many other acts of violence, leading to more victims and unnecessary trauma in our community,” Kankakee County State’s Attorney Jim Rowe said.
Rivers was already in custody in connection with a carjacking on March 17, 2021.
According to police in Bourbonnais, Rivers and a second person allegedly approached a man sitting in a BMW and one of them commanded the man to exit the vehicle.=
The two then fled in the victim’s car, allegedly fired shots out the window at the alleged carjacking victim as bystanders took cover, authorities said.
Authorities located the stolen vehicle and got into a pursuit. The BMW crashed into a Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department squad car, and the suspects fled on foot but sheriff’s deputies were able to apprehend the pair.
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