Arrest made in Halloween Homicide, alleged killer found hiding under pile of clothes

Authorities announced on Friday evening that police arrested Donte Jones, 23, of Trenton in connection with the murder of Levonza G. Thompson, 36, of Philadelphia.

According to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s office, the 23 year-old was discovered hiding under a pile of clothes in the third floor attic of a home in the first block of Laurel Place.

Donte Jones

Thompson was gunned down in the 200 block of Coolidge Avenue around 11:05 p.m. on Halloween. He was rushed to Capital Health Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a short time later, the prosecutor’s office said in the release.

The prosecutor’s office said witnesses reported Thompson had been involved in a struggle in the Oakland Park Apartments courtyard area when Jones allegedly pulled a handgun and fired multiple shots.

Jones was arrested Friday morning by members of the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force in a home on the first block of Laurel Place. He is facing murder and weapons charges and his bail has been set at $1 million cash only.

Thompson was the uncle of 23-year-old Naquan Ellis who was shot in June at the North 25 Housing Complex off of Calhoun Street. Ellis died at the hospital.

Jones’ arrest comes just one day after authorities charged Randy Kareem Washington, 33, in connection with the murders of 43-year-old George Jamison and 64-year-old Silas Johnson. He is also charged in connection with five armed robberies that occurred in Trenton between July and October.

Thompson was one of five people slain in a 10-day period, two of those occurring in less than 24-hours. Quran Brittingham was found dead on Monday, and hours later police responded to the 1000 block of South Broad Street to find Rodney Burke, 48, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Burke later died at St. Francis Medical Center.

Those homicides remain under investigation.

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