Police say Lee was targeted in retribution related to his father's alleged gang ties
The third suspect wanted in the alleged murder of Tyshawn Lee, the 9-year-old Chicago boy police say was lured into an alleyway and murdered in retribution related to his father’s alleged gang ties, was arrested on Saturday evening, PEOPLE confirms.
Kevin Edwards, 23, has been wanted on first degree murder charges for the alleged execution-style murder of Tyshawn since November 2015. He was arrested in Danville, Illinois, about 150 miles south of Chicago.
Captain Michael Hartshorn of the Vermilion County sheriff’s office tells PEOPLE that Edwards was a passenger in the backseat of a car stopped for a traffic violation and allegedly ran off during the stop.
A police officer chased him down about a block away. Edwards allegedly gave a false name to the officer at the scene but then gave his real name while in custody, at which point officers discovered his warrant in Chicago.
“It’s obviously a good, satisfying feeling when you can get a guy like this off the street,” says Hartshorn. Hartshorn added that Edwards is currently in custody in Danville and that authorities are making arrangements to transport him back to Chicago.
The two other suspects, Dwight Boone-Doty, 22, and Corey Morgan, 27, have been in custody since November.
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Authorities allege that Boone-Doty lured Tyshawn, a fourth grader, away from a basketball court into an alley by offering to take him to the store. Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez told reporters at a March press conference that Boone-Doty was facing Tyshawn when he shot him.
Alvarez said in March that Boone-Doty allegedly told police that he had planned to torture Tyshawn by cutting off his fingers and ears. Alvarez also alleged Boone-Doty said he wanted to kill Tyshawn’s grandmother, who lives close to the murder scene, and that he said he was writing a rap song about Tyshawn’s death when he was arrested.
“I have never been so disgusted and appalled by such inhumanity,” Alvarez said at the press conference.
The trio allegedly targeted Tyshawn because his father, Pierre Stokes, 25, is allegedly a “ranking member of a rival gang,” Acting Chicago Police Superintendent John Escalante said at the March press conference.
Later in March, Stokes was charged with aggravated battery and and weapons charges after he allegedly shot three people. One of the victims of the alleged non-fatal shooting was a girlfriend of Morgan’s, police said at the time. The alleged incident occurred on the same day authorities held the detailed press conference about Tyshawn’s death.
Edwards has not yet entered a plea to the charges against him, Hartshorn says. It is unknown whether Boone-Doty, Morgan or Stokes have entered a pleas or retained legal counsel for the charges against them.
With reporting by CHRIS HARRIS