Tyler Police name third man involved in teenage gunshot death in June | criminality
The Tyler Police Department has named a third suspect linked to a shooting that killed a 17-year-old in June outside a Tyler residence.
Detectives issued an arrest warrant on July 26 for 20-year-old Jason Rhodes Jr. of Tyler for capital murder on $ 1 million bail.
Rhodes along with Andres Urrutia, 19, and Lorenzo L. Martinez, 21, also both of Tyler, are accused of killing Jesse McNeely, 17, of Tyler, outside McNeely’s residence in the block 3200 from Omega Drive in the early morning of June 30.
Urrutia and Martinez were arrested on July 3 in Dickinson, County Galveston, and remain in Smith County Jail.
Anyone with information about Rhodes whereabouts or this matter is urged to call the Tyler Police Department at 903-531-1000 or call Tyler-Smith County Crime Stoppers at 903-597-2833 . The case is still under investigation.
According to the arrest affidavit, the suspects were attempting to rob McNeely and his friend outside of a residence in Tyler.
McNeely was talking with his friend outside his house when a vehicle pulled up and a man came out with a handgun. The man in the car demanded ownership of McNeely and his friend. They said they had nothing, so he told them to give him their car keys.
McNeely and his friend began to fight with the man who was trying to steal them, and during the fight McNeely was shot and killed, according to the affidavit.
Surveillance video showed the scuffle had started between McNeely and the man in the car. McNeely’s friend got involved in the fight, and then a second man got out of the vehicle to help the first man. The detective noticed the flash of the gun during the fight followed by another flash. The second shot hit McNeely and the two men in the car fled, according to the document.
After information reached the police, Urrutia and Martinez were found in County Galveston. Urrutia was wanted for aggravated theft, fatal driving, criminal mischief and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Urrutia’s bonds total $ 1.9 million, while Martinez’s are $ 1 million.