Two arrests made in connection to murder of 13-year-old Chester boy

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Two arrests have been made in connection to the murder of a Chesterfield boy, gunned down near his home.

Jermaine Powell, 18, and Jermon Rasheem Woodson-Jones, 21, have been charged with "gang participation."

Investigators say Powell and Woodson-Jones were there, with another suspect, when one of the men began shooting. Police say all three men are gang members.

Police continue their search for William Timothy Walker, 21.

NBC12 interviewed Powell on Sunday, shortly after his neighbor, 13-year-old Devin Hawkins, was shot and killed. On Thursday, police announced Powell's alleged involvement in the crime.

"I don't know -- things just got crazy," said Powell.

Now, police say Powell is connected to the crime and that he's associated with a gang.

Police say on Saturday Walker shot and killed Hawkins. The teen was hit by a stray bullet. Police say the intended target was another teen who was shot in the leg.

Investigators say Powell, Walker, and Jones were all together on Timsberry Terrace in Chester, when the shooting happened. Walker was charged with murder immediately. Jones, charged just as quickly, with accessory after the fact. Now, those two men along with Powell each face a gang participation charge.

NBC12 legal analyst Steve Benjamin has no inside knowledge of the case. But says police may be using a common tactic.

"It is quite possible, and we have no way of knowing, that one of the motivating factors for the arrest -- was to make an arrest, in good faith, but with a primary goal of leveraging this person into a position where he can provide information to police," said Benjamin.

Octavius Hawkins says his son, Devin, was not in a gang. He encourages those who are to think twice.

"Think about what you want to do in life and hopefully it's not gang related. Think of all the positive things you can do in life and work on that," said Hawkins.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of William Walker, contact police or Crime Solvers at 748-0660.

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