A man wanted in connection with the fatal Christmas Eve shooting at a Bellevue bar was arrested Wednesday night during a traffic stop in Pierce County.
Ja’mari Alexander-Alan Jones, 19, was arrested after Lakewood police ran the license plates of a car he was driving and found it reported stolen from Auburn, Bellevue police said. Jones’ 20-year-old girlfriend also was arrested.
Jones was charged last week in connection with the shooting death of DeShawn Milliken, 30, in the Mirror Lounge at Bellevue’s Munchbar.
Video footage shows him talking with a man near Milliken and his younger sister, Destiny Milliken, 21, according to the court papers. DeShawn Milliken seemed to recognize Jones and then tackled him as his sister appeared to fight with the other man, Michael Cheatham, who had entered the bar with Jones.
About eight seconds later, DeShawn Milliken turned away from Jones, but was then tackled by Cheatham. That’s when Jones brandished a gun, pointed it at DeShawn Milliken and fired at least five shots, according to charging papers. Milliken died at the scene, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.
After Wednesday’s arrests, Jones and his girlfriend were taken to the King County Jail. Jones was booked on investigation of second-degree murder. The girlfriend was booked on investigation of rendering criminal assistance, according to Bellevue police.
When he was a juvenile, Jones was one of three teens sentenced to detention after pleading guilty in April 2009 to manslaughter in the death of 53-year-old Ed “Tuba Man” McMichael. The musician was beaten during an October 2008 robbery near Seattle Center and later died of his injuries.
Bellevue Square owners Kemper Development and the owners of Munchbar said Thursday they had agreed not to reopen the restaurant and bar.