REDLANDS – Six people were arrested in connection to a 2013 nightclub murder, police believing they have solved the shooting of an aspiring hip-hop artist after a verbal altercation led to violence.
Police arrested the six people on Thursday, charging three men in the shooting death of Kevon Decatur, 22, of Moreno Valley on Jan. 20, 2013.
City spokesman Carl Baker said that Redlands’ Police Multiple Enforcement Team, along with help from four other agencies serving warrants on Thursday morning
They arrested Anthony Artell Tolbert, 27, of Rubidoux, Terryl Diamond Morris, 33, of Riverside, Damar William Sowell, 22, of Rubioux, Jamaal Aaron Duncan, 21, of Rubidoux; Vanessa Everlin Felix, 26, of Rialto, and Taylor Morgan Jones, 20, of Riverside.
Tolbert, Sowell, Morris and Duncan are charged with murder. Felix and Jones were arrested on charges of accessory to murder.
The shooting took place outside the now-closed Cancun Restaurant and Night Club. Decatur, who was taken to the emergency room at Loma Linda University Medical Center, had performed at the Cancun earlier that night.
Baker said investigators learned that Decatur was confronted by three subjects “outside of the club shortly after the club closed for the evening,” and became involved in a verbal altercation.
Investigators released surveillance video of the three men that was taken outside the Cancun club prior to the shooting, said Baker, “and video of a white, four-door vehicle with large chrome rims that was involved in the shooting.”
Detectives sought the public’s help, said. Baker, “in identifying the suspects and the vehicle.” Baker said that help was “instrumental in Thursday’s arrests.”Sowell and Duncan were already in custody on unrelated charges, Sowell at Central Detention Center and Duncan at the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco, when they were arrested for the Redlands shooting.
Jones was taken into custody by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies in the city of Compton.
Tolbert, who is being held on $3 million bail, and Morris ($2 million) are being held at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, while Felix is being at Central Detention Center in San Bernardino.
Jones is being held at Century Regional Detention Center in Los Angeles.
Duncan and Morris also have $2 million bail, while Felix and Jones had bail set at $250,000.
Redlands police, assisted by Fontana, Colton and Rialto police along with Inland Valley SWAT and Riverside County Sheriff’s Department SWAT, assisted in serving the warrants.