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Police say suspect in Des Moines triple killing arrested

Police say suspect in Des Moines triple killing arrested

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DES MOINES (AP) — A suspect in the January shooting deaths of three teens in Des Moines has been arrested in Illinois, police said.

Leontreal Jones, 17, was arrested Tuesday in Peoria, Illinois, on robbery warrants out of Iowa, Des Moines police said in a news release. Des Moines detectives have traveled to Peoria and expect Jones to be extradited to Iowa soon, police said.

Once Jones’ is returned to Iowa, he’ll be charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of brothers 19-year-old Devonte Swanks and 16-year-old Malachi Swanks and a friend, 15-year-old Thayne Wright, officials said.

Officers found the teens' bodies on Jan. 30 in a southeast Des Moines duplex after responding to reports of shots fired. Two other men — Emmanuel Totaye Jr., 19, and Daishawn Gills, 20, both of Des Moines — were also arrested and charged with first-degree murder and other counts in the deaths earlier this year.

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