The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, November 05, 2019 1:00 am

Murder count filed against 2nd person

Court filing alleges he was present in Runnion slaying

DAVE GONG | For The Journal Gazette

A second man was charged Monday in connection with the Oct. 13 shooting death of Pablo Guzman Vasquez, according to documents filed in Allen Superior Court.

Anthony M. Mitchell, 19, was charged with murder, felony murder and attempted robbery resulting in serious bodily injury. Mitchell, who court documents say is homeless, was arrested Friday at the Villages of Hanna apartment complex.

According to court documents, Mitchell was with Jermaine Turner on Oct. 13 when Vasquez was shot to death in the 600 block of Runnion Avenue. Turner, 40, allegedly pulled the trigger.

An unnamed witness told police another witness wanted to rob the homeowner, who was not Vasquez, of drugs, money and electronics and enlisted Turner and Mitchell to help. 

Turner was charged last week with murder, unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon and possession of cocaine. 

Police responded to Runnion Avenue after the wife of a witness who had been driving in the area called 911. Emergency workers arrived about 6 p.m., and Vasquez was pronounced dead at the scene. He died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Allen County Coroner's Office. 

The owner of the Runnion Avenue home “allegedly smacked” a person identified in court documents as Witness 6, prompting that person to “set up” the homeowner for a robbery.

Court documents state that a person identified as Witness 4 told police that Witness 6, described as Turner's ex-girlfriend, brought two men, identified later as Turner and Mitchell, with her. 

In an Oct. 30 interview with police, Witness 6 told investigators she only knew Mitchell as a friend of Turner's who went by the nickname “Lil Bro.”

“Witness 6 advised she had seen 'Lil Bro' 15 to 20 times in the Villages of Hanna walking in and out of buildings 1 and 2 and carrying firearms to include long guns, handguns, and one of which 'Lil Bro' called a 'tech,'” court documents state.

Witness 4, according to court documents, told police Turner and Mitchell were passing a handgun back and forth on their way to the Runnion Avenue home, discussing the planned robbery.

“Witness 4 stated (Turner) and Anthony arrived on Runnion Avenue with Witness 6 and had a black handgun with an extended 'clip,'” court documents state. “Witness 4 stated she was absolutely positive that the younger male subject on Runnion Avenue who arrived with Witness 6 and (Turner) was Anthony Mitchell.” 

In a subsequent interview with police, Witness 6 also identified Mitchell as the man in the car with Turner “because she could see the same neck tattoos” in a photo investigators provided of Mitchell. 

After his arrest, Mitchell told police he and Turner were picked up from the Villages of Hanna by a white vehicle being driven by a woman he described as Turner's girlfriend. Mitchell said the pair were supposed to help the woman move out of her apartment, “but nothing was ever moved out.”

“Anthony stated the female parked her car on the street but then later said he was in the backyard with her vehicle when shots were fired,” court documents state. “Anthony admitted running down Main Street and then through the alley toward an overhead train track and was picked up by a female that did not speak English, but then later got back in the white vehicle with the female that drove them to the apartment.” 

Mitchell also told police that the woman picked up Turner and the three returned to Villages of Hanna. 

Turner's next court hearing is today. Mitchell's next hearing is Thursday.

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