Fugitive Mall of America murder suspect arrested in Georgia; mother accused of driving him there

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Authorities have apprehended a second teenage suspect in last month’s fatal shooting of a St. Paul man at the Mall of America in Bloomington, police say.

Lavon Semaj Longstreet, 17, was arrested around noon Tuesday by U.S. marshals in Decatur, Georgia, where he has been staying since the day after 19-year-old Johntae Raymon Hudson was shot Dec. 23 in Nordstrom, Bloomington police chief Booker Hodges said during a press conference in the late afternoon.

Longstreet and 18-year-old Taeshawn Adams-Wright, who was arrested Dec. 24, are both charged with murder.

Also arrested Tuesday, in Golden Valley, was Longstreet’s mother, 39-year-old Erica McMillian, who allegedly drove her son to Georgia to help him escape capture, as well as two Georgia residents, Longstreet police said. provided shelter, according to Hodges.

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“I said anyone who helps him will be locked up,” Hodges said.

“Your son killed someone and you are driving him to Georgia. … You can’t drive someone who killed someone out of state, even if it’s your son.

Longstreet remains in custody in Dekalb County, Georgia, pending extradition proceedings, Hodges said. He did not explain how authorities tracked Longstreet to Georgia. Minnesota authorities have said they plan to prosecute him as an adult.

The deadly shooting, which led to hours of lockdown at the busy mall during the busy Christmas shopping season, began with an argument between two groups of young men at the Nordstrom department store, police say.

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Longstreet and Adams-Wright are charged with chasing Hudson through the store with semiautomatic pistols and shooting him eight times while he was lying on the floor, the indictment says.

Wright was arrested the next day, along with two youths charged with second-degree riot in connection with the shooting. At the time of his arrest, Adams-Wright had an active warrant in connection with an alleged second-degree assault in Stearns County, Minn.

The casings recovered near Hudson’s body matched those found at shooting scenes in St. Paul and Minneapolis over the past year and a half, Hodges said.

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Hudson’s death, according to Hodges, was the mall’s first gun homicide since it opened in 1992. However, it was the latest in a string of incidents that prompted officials to tighten security measures at the mall, the largest in the country.

In August, gunfire erupted at the mall after a confrontation at the Nike store. No one was injured in that incident and five people were charged. A few weeks later, a man armed with a rifle robbed the Lids clothing store. In a shooting in December 2021 on New Year’s Eve, two people were injured during an altercation in a public area of ​​the mall.

Frederick Melo contributed to this report.

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