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Miami TSA Agent Gunned Down In Front Of 3-Year-Old Daughter, Three Suspects In Custody
Miami police announced on Feb. 11 that Javon Carter, 29, Romiel Robinson, 35, and Jasmine Martinez, 33, were arrested in connection with Le’Shonte Jones’ May 2021 murder.
Three suspects have been arrested in the murder of a Florida mother fatally shot in front of her 3-year-old daughter more than nine months ago, authorities said.
Le’Shonte Jones, 24, was gunned down outside her Miami apartment complex by a masked assailant on May 3, 2021 according to police. The shooting unfolded after Jones had finished work at the Miami International Airport and picked up her daughter from her sister’s home, court documents obtained by Oxygen.com show.
The incident was captured by surveillance cameras, which showed a masked gunman — described as a Black male in a black hoodie and black track pants — opening fire on Jones and her toddler. The suspect was later seen fleeing the scene in a dark Gray 2019 Nissan Sentra sedan.
Jones was pronounced dead on scene by emergency responders. Her child, who was also injured in the incident, was transported to hospital in stable condition and survived the shooting.
On Friday, Miami police arrested Romiel Robinson, 35, Jasmine Martinez, 33, and Javon Carter, 29, in connection to Jones’ deadly shooting. According to investigators, Carter, who had allegedly laid in wait outside Jones’ home, was ultimately determined by police to be the shooter.
“Carter exited the vehicle with gun in hand and began firing at Ms. Jones and her child,” Miami Dade Police Detective Jonathan Grossman said in a pre-recorded video statement on Feb. 11.
Carter had been released from prison on Christmas Eve 2020 — just months before the murder — after serving almost six years on a number of theft, burglary and firearms charges, according to Florida state prison records.
Robinson was released from state custody in October 2020 after serving 11 years and five months on a series of armed robbery and aggravated battery charges. According to Miami court records, Robinson was re-arrested in mid-December 2020 on drug trafficking and resisting arrest charges and was awaiting trial on those when he was charged in Jones' murder.
According to the arrest affidavit against Robinson, he allegedly recruited Carter to murder Jones after Carter was released by setting him up with Martinez.
Martinez had been arrested a number of times and charged with felony crimes against Jones, who had reportedly dated Martinez’s ex-boyfriend five years before her murder, according to the Miami Herald. Martinez was arrested for battery in 2016 after allegedly punching Jones in the face; that case was ultimately dismissed. In 2018, Martinez was again arrested by police for attacking the Miami mother.
In 2020, Martinez's then-boyfriend, Kelly Nelson — along with Keyanu Queen — was arrested on charges of attacking and robbing Jones after a court hearing for Martinez on the charges in the 2018 attack, according to the Herald. Both Nelson and Queen are currently awaiting trial in that case; the Herald reports that Martinez was also dating Robinson at the time of her most recent arrest.
Jones gave a deposition in the case against Nelson and Queen a month before her murder, despite what she told police was ongoing harassment by Martinez, the paper added.
The affidavit against Robinson alleges that Martinez asked him to help Nelson and hurt Jones after Nelson was injured during a February 2021 fight while incarcerated for his alleged attack on Jones.
Jones, who worked as a transportation security officer at Miami International Airport at the time of her murder, had been hired by the Transportation Security Administration in February 2019, officials said.
“Last May, the TSA workforce here in Miami tragically lost one of our own Officers who was killed in a cruel act of violence as she returned home from the airport,” Dan Ronan, Federal Security Director for the Transportation Security Administration, told Oxygen.com in a statement on Tuesday. “We still feel the immense loss of our young, vibrant officer, who was taken away from her family and away from us way too soon. We are grateful to the Miami-Dade Police Department for their tireless efforts to bring Le’Shonte’s killers to justice."
Last year, Jones' family had pleaded for authorities to make an arrest in the unsolved killing.
"My daughter was taken away from me for a very senseless act," Jones' mother, Darlene Dukes, told reporters at at press conference last year, according to NBC Miami. "She didn't deserve to be taken away from me, her siblings, her friends, her cousins and especially from her daughter."
Robinson and Carter are both due in court for arraignments on Feb. 24. Martinez is currently awaiting extradition from St. Lucie County, according to additional online jail records. Attorney information wasn't immediately available for any of them this week.