murder occurred at the Peachtree apartments on June 19
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Cocoa Police announced on Thursday that the third and final suspect wanted in connection with the June 19 homicide of Jaleen Howard, is now in custody.
U.S. Marshals arrested 22-year-old Travis Bradley Jr. around 8 p.m. on Wednesday in Dublin, Virginia. He has been booked into the New River Valley Regional Jail.
According to Yvonne Martinez of the Cocoa Police Department, detectives within the Criminal Investigations Division received information last week that led them to Dublin, Virginia where Bradley was believed to be staying with his girlfriend.
After detectives confirmed Bradley was in the Dublin area, U.S. Marshals arrested him with no incident.
The murder of Jaleen Howard happened on June 19, 2018.
Police say Bradley and three other suspects went to the Peachtree Apartments, located on 150 Peachtree St. to rob Howard of money and drugs.
The robbery was set up in advance by a friend of Howard and when Howard realized what was happening he attempted to defend himself by firing shots at the suspects.
During the exchange of gunfire, one of the suspects, Rahkwon Oquendo, 22, was killed along with Howard during the botched robbery.
Immediately after the shooting, detectives began gathering evidence and interviewing witnesses.
“Detective Matt Rush spent weeks confirming the identities of the suspects involved and establishing timelines of their activity immediately before, during and after the shooting. On August 14 a Brevard County Grand Jury indicted the three surviving suspects,” said Martinez.
Lilralph Johnson, 21, Simon Jackson, 19, and Travis Bradley Jr., are all in custody awaiting trial.
All three suspects have been charged with first degree felony murder, armed burglary of a dwelling while inflicting death, attempted robbery with a firearms while inflicting death, second degree felony murder with a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and grand theft.
Police believe Bradley Jr. is the suspect who shot and killed Howard.
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