Murder Charge Filed in 5-Year-Old Girl's Death
originally arrested in connection with a stolen car seen leaving the scene of a shooting that killed a little girl.
Vincent Hicks is being booked for 1st degree murder, criminal conspiracy, use of a weapon to commit a felony, discharging a firearm at an occupied dwelling, and use of a weapon to commit a felony.
Jaylen Montgomery was booked for discharging a firearm at an occupied dwelling, use of a weapon to commit a felony, and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.
Jacob Brown was booked for discharging a firearm at an occupied dwelling and use of a firearm to commit a felony.
Adonus Moses was booked booked for criminal conspiracy to commit murder 2nd degree.
OMAHA (KPTM) - Omaha Police have made arrests in connection with a stolen jeep that was possibly used in connection with the shooting of 5-year-old Payton Benson.
Jaylen Montgomery, 18, Vincent Hicks, 20, and Adonus Moses, 22, were booked for theft by receiving. Officers believe the men stole a Jeep believed to be involved in Benson's shooting near 45th Street and Bedford Avenue Wednesday morning.
The men are being held on a bond of $1 million.
According to reports, the Jeep was reported stolen on December 15 after a home burglary near 95th and Sprague streets.
Officers located the vehicle Wednesday outside an apartment complex near 61st and Spencer streets where they impounded it. Witnesses told FOX 42 News it looked like the home was being raided.
OPD has not confirmed whether or not Montgomery, Hicks or Moses were involved in Benson's shooting case. Police said the men are known gang members and were driving around in the jeep and flashing gang signs before their arrests.
Friday prosecutors said two other men were being investigated in connection with the stolen jeep. Kevin Peak and Shaun Murph, Jr. face weapons charges. Police said the two met up with the other three later in the day on Wednesday.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Omaha Crime Stoppers at (402) 444-7867. The reward for anyone who reports a tip that leads to an arrest was raised from $5,000 to $25,000. This was partially due to private donations.
Benson's parents Tabatha Manning and Marvin Benson thanked the community, Omaha Police Department and Mayor Jean Stothert for supporting the family and making a strong effort to bring their daughter's shooting case to justice.
Manning stressed that she wanted her daughter's memory to be in love, not hate.
"I don't want any retaliation, no anger," she said at a presser Thursday. "We need to love everyone and this needs to end for the safety of everyone."
A memorial fund is set up at any American National Bank location. Donations can be made to the Payton Benson Memorial Fund.