$ 10 million bail on suspects on Westroads Mall for shooting Omaha police officer
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – A Douglas County judge on Monday put bail on the man suspected of shooting an Omaha policeman in the Westroads Mall at $ 10 million last week – double what was requested .
Kenya Lamont Jenkins Jr., 21, is charged with first degree assault, a Class 2 crime. Using a firearm to commit a crime, a class 1C crime; and operating a motor vehicle to avoid being arrested for a crime, a class 4 crime.
Douglas County attorney Don Kleine says he agrees with the bail amount.
“Extremely grave charges. I don’t think he has much to do with this community. So I think a $ 10 million bond is appropriate. We agree with the judge, ”he said.
With a $ 10 million bond, Jenkins would be required to post a $ 1 million bond.
If Jenkins is convicted on all counts, he faces 102 years in prison.
His preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 14th at 9 a.m. Jenkins, who is believed to be from Chicago, is assigned a public defense attorney. Authorities said Monday they are investigating Illinois records to see if any previous criminal history has been reported there.
According to the OPD report of his arrest, Jenkins has resisted arrests and escape in the past.
Officer Jeffrey Wittstruck, who was shot in the face and head after a shoplifting call at the mall, is still recovering in the hospital. He is believed to have unknown long-term damage, officials said Monday.
A GoFundMe account was set up for Officer Wittstruck. According to the report, the officer suffered damage to his face, neck and shoulder.
Omaha police officer Jeffrey Wittstruck(Omaha policeman Jeffrey Wittstruck)
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