LPD: 18-year-old arrested in connection to shooting, grandmother cited for hospital getaway

LINCOLN, Neb. -- After months involving multiple incidents and alleged getaways, a Lincoln 18-year-old is in custody, with his grandmother also cited by Lincoln Police.

In May, LPD officers responded the 2600 block of J Street at 10:15 p.m. on a report of a drive-by shooting. A witness told officers that a vehicle was driving northbound on South 26th Street when a rear passenger began shooting from the backseat, striking a van parked in the area multiple times. 

Officers located numerous shell casings in the area, conducted a neighborhood canvass, and processed the scene for digital and forensic evidence. Video surveillance showed an individual firing towards the victim’s vehicle and residence. 

Investigators located a witness who told them the shooter was 18-year-old Jaheim I.M. Barnes. 

Authorities attempted to apprehend Barnes during a traffic stop later that month near S. 77th Street and A Street, with Barnes and several others fleeing, according to a press release issued by LPD. Officers said they located and seized a S&W 9mm handgun and an AR-15 rifle in the vehicle, which was driven by Barnes' mother, 41-year-old Sentoris M. Barnes.

At that time, LPD officers cited and lodged Sentoris Barnes for felon in possession of a handgun and child abuse. 

The following month, officers responded to a motor vehicle collision in the 900 block of Foxcroft Court involving a stolen vehicle in which Jaheim Barnes was the driver.  The vehicle had been reported stolen in May. Three passengers suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and Barnes suffered serious injuries which resulted in him being transported to an area hospital and placed in the intensive care unit.  At approximately 3:37 p.m. later that day, Barnes’ mother, Sentoris, and his grandmother, 67-year-old Almer Draughn entered the hospital and walked Barnes out of the hospital, according to police. LPD says hospital staff tried to prevent the trio from leaving, though the family disputes that account.

Ultimately, according to LPD, Sentoris Barnes and Draughn rushed Barnes away from medical staff, out of the  hospital and into a waiting vehicle that departed the hospital before LPD officers could arrived and contact the group, another claim the family disputes. LPD said in a press release that the incident appeared to a coordinated attempt to remove Barnes from the hospital before law enforcement could arrive. 

On July 7, LPD officers located Barnes at a residence in the 100 block of West A Street, where they arrested, cited, and lodged him at the Lancaster County Jail for unlawful discharge of a weapon and use of a weapon to commit a felony.  Officers cited and released Draughn for accessory to a felony.  The investigation is still ongoing, and it is possible that additional charges and arrests are forthcoming, according to Lincoln Police officials.

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