A surveillance footage still of a person of interest in Jayme Thomas' murder was released by Des Moines Police on Nov. 18. A co-worker of the man pictured convinced him to talk with police, according to Washington's Most Wanted.
Washington's Most Wanted viewer credited in Jayme Thomas murder arrest
According to a Washington's Most Wanted press release, a coworker of the person of interest in the Jayme Thomas murder (see photo above)convinced him to talk with police.
The surveillance video captured the man who was with the alleged shooter on the night of Jayme's murder.
The shooting suspect was arrested on Dec. 7, the same night a fundraiser was held at her family's church.
Additional details from the press release:
Des Moines police arrested a suspect in the brutal murder of 19-year-old Jayme Thomas. "It's a very good Christmas present for Jayme Thomas' family as well as Scott Kennedy,” said Sgt. Bob Bohl. A Washington’s Most Wanted viewer recognized one of his co-workers as a person of interest from video featured on the show November 18th. Video showed this person of interest at a convenience store with Thomas’ killer 30 minutes prior to the murder. According to police, the viewer convinced the person of interest to contact police, saying he cooperated with the investigation and provided additional information on other witnesses which then helped lead to the arrest.
Washington’s Most Wanted featured the Jayme Thomas murder as the top story for the past couple of weeks in their missing to find “Justice for Jayme.” Thomas was shot to death in the early morning hours of November 5th in the back of a car at Redondo Beach. A 24-year-old man with her, Scott Kennedy, was also shot and hit in both of his forearms. He is still recovering from surgery.
Host David Rose who worked with Det. Cathy Savage on the story, asking for the public’s help in solving the case said, “When I met Jayme’s mother, father and sister and saw the unimaginable pain they were feeling, I knew we had to dedicate our resources to help them and the Des Moines Police Department. I am extremely grateful to and proud of the WMW viewer who played such a key role in solving this case.”
The suspect, who is under investigation for murder and assault with a deadly weapon, was taken into custody without incident and is currently being held at the King County Jail. He is set for arraignment tomorrow afternoon (December 9, 2011).