2 Arrested in Connection to Frogtown Murder

Updated: 01/27/2014 8:46 PM
Created: 01/27/2014 11:13 AM
By: Jennie Olson

Two suspects have been arrested in connection to a murder in the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul over the weekend.

St. Paul Police say they have arrested 21-year-old Damonte Ivory Jones of St. Paul and 24-year-old Lee Vester Paul Drake Rhodes of Bloomington in connection to the death of 32-year-old Prince Miles Pope of St. Paul.

A second victim who was stabbed during the incident was identified as 27-year-old Rico Jackson of St. Paul.

The Sunday morning homicide is the city’s second murder of the year.

"I heard an altercation and then after that I heard 'pow pow pow pow,' and I thought, 'Oh no not again.' Because that's all that happens over here," neighbor Shelia Luttery said. Lutery says she heard five gunshots.

Around 2 a.m. Sunday, police were called to an assault, but when they got to the corner of Van Buren Avenue and Kent Street they found victim was dead.  

Police say there was a large group together early Sunday morning, so there were several possible witnesses.

All of the possible witnesses were taken to the police station for questioning.

"Investigators are taking photos; they're examining the building. They are really diligently looking into this," Sgt. Paul Paulos of the St. Paul Police Department said Sunday.

Luttery said the recent chilling scene is unwelcome outside her front door.

"A bullet has no name, it has no face, no sense of direction, and people really should open their eyes and think more of others as well as their selves," Luttery said.

According to St. Paul Police monthly crime maps, in the last six months of 2013 there were about 60 aggravated assaults in the area known as Frogtown.

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