A teenager suspected of killing a 10-year-old New Jersey boy and injuring his mother has been arrested in Florida, officials said.
Karon Council, 18, was collared late Sunday in Pompano Beach and held in Broward County jail pending extradition to New Jersey to face charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and unlawful possession of a weapon, the Monmouth County prosecutors said.
Yovanni Banos-Merino and his mom, Lilia Merino, 38, were not the intended targets when someone fired at their Asbury Park home on Wednesday, according to NJ.com.
Police previously arrested 16-year-old Neptune High School student Jah-Del Birch in connection with the shooting, the Asbury Park Press reported. The boy, who was arrested in class, was held at the Middlesex County Youth Detention Center.
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Jah-Del is not believed to be the shooter, a law enforcement source told NJ Advance Media.
He was charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
Authorities announced Friday that Council, of Neptune, had also been charged in the case but that they needed assistance in tracking him him down.
“A very special thanks to all who made this apprehension possible including the US Marshals of Florida, Regional Fugitive Task Force, West Palm Division with the assistance of US Marshals NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force, Trenton Division,” the prosecutor’s office posted on Facebook on Sunday night.
US Marshals Assistant Chief Manny Puri said in a statement: “Council was a very dangerous fugitive with no sense of value for life and could have easily continued his violent behavior in South Florida.”
Yovanni was shot at his home on Ridge Avenue about 10:40 p.m. Wednesday and pronounced dead at Jersey Shore University Medical Center at 11:18 p.m. His mother was released after treatment.
Someone else at the home was the target of the shooting, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni has said.
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe page set up for Yovanni’s funeral and his body’s flight to Mexico had raised more than $15,000 of a $30,000 goal.