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5 arrested in months-long investigation into violent crime spree that left 4 dead

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Cortez Smith (Upper Left), Jordan Brown (Middle) Marcus Jackson (Upper Right), Marquise Henderson (Bottom Left), Nathan Tilson (Bottom Right) Cortez Smith (Upper Left), Jordan Brown (Middle) Marcus Jackson (Upper Right), Marquise Henderson (Bottom Left), Nathan Tilson (Bottom Right)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Six months after two undercover St. Louis County detectives were shot at during a surveillance operation, five people have been arrested and charged in connection with four murders and other shootings in the City of St. Louis.

St. Louis County detectives were conducting surveillance on a man wanted for a shooting in north St. Louis County on February 4, 2016 when they spotted Jordan Brown. Brown was seen driving a black Acura MDX in north St. Louis City, and was reportedly accompanied by two other men.

After the officers passed the suspect’s MDX in their unmarked car, the officers turned off West Florissant and stopped on Partridge.  The Acura then returned and stopped near the intersection the officers were parked at. The officers said they watched as the front and rear passenger windows of the Acura lowered, and two guns began firing in their direction. Bullets struck the officers’ car, but they were not injured.

Shortly after that shooting, officers attempted to stop the vehicle but it drove off at a high-rate of speed.

Other officers later in the day found the car in the 4500 block of Minnesota. Officers got permission to enter the home from a woman who lived there and found three suspects inside, later identified as Jordan Brown, Marquise Henderson and Nathan Tilson. On top of taking multiple phones into evidence, police found a Glock 19 .9mm, a Colt M4 Carbine .223 rifle and a Springfield Armory XD .45 pistol in the home.  Inside the car, police found casings and a loaded magazine.

Ballistic tests were conducted on the guns found inside the home, and it was learned they had been used in several shootings and homicides in January. Those shootings are as follows:

  • On January 10, Tyler Bogan and Henry Williams were shot and killed near the intersection of 14th and O’Fallon. Surveillance video from a nearby apartment complex showed a Chevy Malibu near the location at the time of the shooting. The owner of the car had reported it stolen earlier in the month and on January 21 the car was found, abandoned, in East St. Louis with shell casings inside.  The owner of the car identified Cortez Smith as the person who pushed her down and stole her car.
  • On January 12, a man walked out of his home on James Cool Papa Bell Avenue to drive his child to school and was shot in the right arm. The victim’s brother identified the suspects as Marquise Henderson and Nathan Tilson.
  • Later on January 12, prosecutors say Patrick Hunter was shot in the head while driving on Destrehan Street. Hunter was allegedly looking to sell heroin prior to the shooting. On January 13 Marcus Jackson was arrested for allegedly selling heroin to an undercover police officer. While in jail, Jackson allegedly made multiple phone calls to a friend to pick up his vehicle from a MAACO. Police said that vehicle matched the description of the vehicle in the Destrehan Street. Police say he was attempting to change the color from red to gray. m 
  • On January 18, a man was driving on Natural Bridge in north St. Louis when a vehicle sped up behind him and an individual leaned out of the car and began firing shots at him.
  • Shortly after that shooting, at 10:40 a.m. on January 18, Lenny Hogan was shot and killed in the 400 block of St. Ferdinand. Prosecutors said Hogan was with the man who was driving the car that was shot at earlier in the day.

As a result of the months-long investigation, St. Louis prosecutors issued charges to the five suspects. Police and prosecutors from the Circuit Attorney's Office say this is the first time a prosecutor has been involved every step of the way in the investigation of a crime of this magnitude. Within the last year and a half, assistant circuit attorneys started going to homicide scenes, as they happen. Police and representatives from the CAO credit close communication and co-investigation with solving these murders and getting them charged expeditiously. 

Marquise Henderson is charged with 20 felony charges, including two counts of murder, armed criminal action, and unlawful use of a weapon, among other charges. Cortez Smith is charged with robbery. Nathan Tilson is charged with multiple counts of assault and armed criminal action. Marcus Jackson is charged with murder, armed criminal action, and assault, among others.Jordan Brown is charged with assault, armed criminal action, and resisting arrest.

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