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Third Suspect Arrested, Charged With Murder In 7-Year-Old's Death In Jacksonville

Police found Abrion Price by chance after pulling over a car with a broken tail light.

By Ethan Harfenist

A third suspect was arrested in Jacksonville, Florida, Thursday in connection with the death of a 7-year-old girl who was killed by a stray bullet earlier this month.

Police had been searching for Abrion Price after two others suspected of being involved in Heydi Rivas-Villanueva’s death were jailed on Tuesday. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said in a tweet that officers found Price, 19, by chance after he was discovered in a vehicle that was pulled over for a busted tail light.

Though he initially tried to flee from officers, police said Price was eventually apprehended after being chased down by a K9 Unit, local CBS and FOX affiliate Action News Jax reports.

“Told you we would find you,” the Sheriff’s Office tweet said, the words hanging over Price’s mug shot.

Price joins suspects Stanley Harris and Trevonte Phoenix in custody over the slaying. While Harris was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Phoenix and Price have both been charged with felony murder because they were committing a crime when the girl was killed, News4JAX reports. Additionally, Price is also being charged with possession of a weapon or ammunition by a felon.

Jacksonville city officials, including Sheriff Mike Williams, Mayor Lenny Curry, and State Attorney Melissa Nelson, on Tuesday held a press conference about the circumstances surrounding Heydi’s death, News 19 WLTX reports.

Williams said Phoenix and Price set up a fake firearms deal to commit a robbery, stealing a gun, cash, and a cellphone from a victim in the process, according to WLTX. Harris, meanwhile, was with the person who got robbed at the time because the victim felt uneasy about the situation, and proceeded to exchange gunfire with Phoenix and Price. Heydi and her father, meanwhile, were in a car at a nearby strip mall waiting for Heydi's mother to get off work when the bullets began whizzing by, News4JAX reports.

Sheriff Williams said that Harris is believed to be the person who fired the bullet that hit the child in the head, WLTX reports.

Price will appear in court on Friday afternoon, according to News4JAX.

[Photo: Jacksonville Sheriff’s Department]

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