Police: Man arrested for connection to Jamal Kitchens case

Muskegon murder arrest

MUSKEGON, MICH. - Muskegon Police Department located and arrested the man wanted in connection to the murder of Jamal Kitchens on Thursday.

According to authorities, a tip was called into law enforcement with the location where the caller thought Johnny Lee Brown, III was hiding. Officers followed-up on the tip and located Brown hiding in an outbuilding in the 700 block of washing Street in Muskegon.

Brown was taken into custody and is lodged in the Muskegon County Jail on open murder and felony firearm warrants that were filed yesterday by the Muskegon County Prosecutor's Office. Authorities announced that the charges had been filed Wednesday, March 8 against Brown.

Silent Observer previously paid out $1,000 to an anonymous source in the case and offered another $2,500 for information that leads to an arrest or prosecution of Brown.

Jamal Kitchens, of Norton Shores, was killed in the area of Laketon Avenue and McIllraith Avenue around 10:30 p.m. on April 13, 2016.

Nicholas Kissling, 17, of Fruitland Township, and Nicholas Vasquez, 18, of Muskegon Township have been charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Brown was listed as a co-conspirator, though formal charges were not filed against him at the time.

Law enforcement officials have said there was no indication that the suspects knew Kitchens, and that the victim was "in the wrong place at the wrong time."

Muskegon Police investigators were meeting with Kitchens' family Thursday afternoon to tell them about Brown's arrest.

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