An eighth-grader with gang ties who was accused of firing a stray bullet that killed a Yonkers teen as she protected her little sister has turned himself in.
“We got him!” Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano announced in a tweet early Tuesday, adding, “15 yr old Jasmir Thompson, wanted for shooting and killing innocent teen Marilyn Cotto Montanez, is in custody of the @YonkersPD.”
Thompson arrived at the Yonkers Police Department’s Third Precinct after midnight with a lawyer, police Lt. Peter Fazio told The Journal News.
The young gangbanger with a violent criminal past allegedly opened fire April 25 on a rival from whom he’d stolen a gold chain, but struck the 18-year-old in the head as she was walking with her 9-year-old sister as she pushed her out of the way, police said.
Authorities identified Thompson as the alleged shooter through a review of surveillance footage and witness interviews.
His mother, with whom he lives in Yonkers, had refused to give cops any information about her son’s whereabouts, Police Commissioner Charles Gardner said last week.
Police had “multiple” contacts with Thompson over his “violent” criminal history, but Gardner earlier said he couldn’t provide specifics due to Thompson’s age.
He was charged with knifepoint robbery in 2015, according to WCBS. Two years later, he was arrested for possession of a loaded .380- caliber handgun, and in November he was charged in a stabbing.
Cops released a wanted poster showing the fresh-faced shooter, and announcing a $5,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.