Murder suspect arrested Arizona

March 9, 2009 12:45:48 PM PDT
After a chase over the California border into Yuma, Ariz., local police there arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of Freddie McDonald Jr. in Richmond in February, police said Monday.

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At about 4 a.m. Saturday, Yuma police were notified that the Imperial County Sheriff's Office had attempted to stop a Honda Civic, but the driver fled and was heading over a bridge on Interstate Highway 8 into Arizona, Yuma police spokesman Clint Norred said Monday.

The occupants of the vehicle had allegedly fired shots at officers as they were fleeing, Norred said.

California Highway Patrol officers pursued the car over the bridge into Yuma, where the fleeing Civic reportedly crashed into a parked car, Norred said.

The driver, 25-year-old Willie Jasper Jr. allegedly fled, but police chased him down and captured him, according to Norred.

Two women, identified as Richmond residents Jeamilliah Snell, 25, and Curdria Stevens, 27, were arrested as well.

Two children, Stevens' 14-month-old son, and Snell's 2-year-old daughter, were also in the car but were not injured in the crash, according to Norred.

Jasper was arrested on two warrants out of California, one for McDonald's murder and a second for a carjacking and parole violation. Yuma police also added charges of driving a stolen vehicle, unlawfully fleeing from police, possession of stolen property and two counts of child endangerment, Norred said.

The women were booked into jail on suspicion of possession of stolen property and child endangerment.

According to Richmond police Sgt. Bisa French, a Richmond homicide detective went to Arizona on Sunday to interview Jasper, but the motive for the shooting remains unknown.

Richmond police found McDonald on Feb. 24 at about 4:10 p.m. inside a car in the 300 block of Marina Way after responding to reports of shots fired.

It appeared that the shooter had walked up to McDonald's vehicle and opened fire, police said at the time.

Several witnesses later identified Jasper as the shooter, French said.

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