Sunbury homicide suspect arrested and jailed without bail

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SUNBURY – The Sunbury homicide suspect was arrested on Monday while his father was also charged.

Federal marshals arrested Ajani Munsh-Ousha Uhuru, 23, of Sunbury, in custody around 2:50 p.m. in the Philadelphia area.

He is accused of killing Kareem Jakes, 30, in Sunbury, inside the Penn Jersey Food Mart in the 200 block of North Penn Street on Thursday afternoon.

Uhuru was returned to Sunbury and held in Snyder County Jail without bond for homicide, manslaughter, aggravated simple assault, possession of an instrument of crime and reckless endangerment of another person.

Her father, Ajani Munsho Uche Uhuru, 54, of Sunbury, was arrested earlier in the day for obstructing arrest and returned to Northumberland County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bond.

He had been detained since Thursday as a probation offender after being arrested driving the blue BMW in Sunbury which police say was the vehicle his son drove from the store.

Elder Uhuru is accused of not contacting the police before driving to Elysburg to collect the vehicle after his son told him where he had parked it.

The investigation is ongoing and Police Chief Brad Hare declined to say at an evening press conference whether anyone else could be charged.

Advice led members of the marshals’ task force to the Philadelphia area, he said. He doesn’t know why Uhuru, a Pittsburgh native, fled to Philadelphia, he said.

Likewise, Hare would not say whether the suspect’s father is cooperating with the investigation.

The shooting happened around 4.15pm on Thursday after Jakes and young Uhuru got into an argument inside the store which is about two blocks from police headquarters.

Store video shows Jakes standing behind Uhuru at the checkout and hitting him repeatedly, police said.

Uhuru is seen pulling a handgun and firing several times, knocking Jake backwards, they said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Uhuru is seen having a drink at the counter, leaving the store and driving off in a BMW, they said.

Elder Uhuru claimed his son called him and told him the vehicle was parked in the Elysburg area, so he went to pick it up.

Online court records show the father was released on $150,000 bail pending trial on drug charges in 2018.

Young Uhuru had been out on unsecured bail since January 10 pending a preliminary hearing on city police charges of possession of a controlled substance and receiving stolen property.

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