Third suspect arrested, admits to shooting into the crowd

An 18-year-old Monroe man was booked into OCC today, June 29, 2017  in connection with the Robinson Place shooting earlier this week. Monroe Police arrested Devontae Demarcus Coleman and charged him with Aggravated Assault with a Firearm and Obstruction of Justice.

On June 27, 2017, Monroe Police responded to a shooting at the corner of Milliken and Long Dr. During the incident, it was discovered that an altercation occurred just prior to the shooting between two feuding groups in the neighborhood. As the situation escalated, several individuals pulled out handguns and shots were fired. During the shooting, 16-year-old Junius Benton was shot and killed in the street.

During the investigation, witness testimony and video located near the scene identified Devontae Coleman as one of the shooters. Coleman was picked up at his residence and brought to MPD for questioning. After being mirandized, Coleman, according to the police, at first lied about having a gun or even shooting one. Once he was told of the evidence against him, he admitted to standing near the deceased victim and shooting the gun he had at least two times toward people at the scene. Coleman also admitted that he transported the gun from the scene and later threw it away. He said the gun was not his but he got it from the vehicle he was in just prior to the shooting.

Coleman is the third suspect arrested this week in connection to the Robinson Place shooting on Tuesday night. On yesterday, Jaylon Brown was arrested on an illegal use of weapons charge. Japhares Rucks was also arrested for his involvement in the shooting. Rucks was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm and obstruction of justice.

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