Feds say manhunt for shooter of 7-year-old Jaslyn Adams ended with Chicago arrest

Devontay Anderson has been wanted since late April when he was charged with first-degree murder in Cook County Circuit Court.

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Police investigate a crime scene where Jontae Adams, 28, and his daughter, Jaslyn, 7, where shot at resulting in Jaslyn’s death at a McDonald’s drive thru at the corner of W Roosevelt Rd and South Kedzie Ave in Lawndale, Sunday, April 18, 2021. | Anthony Vazquez/Sun-Times

Police investigate a crime scene where Jontae Adams, 28, and his daughter, Jaslyn, 7, were shot at a McDonald’s drive-thru at the corner of Roosevelt Road and Kedzie Avenue on April 18.

Anthony Vazquez/Sun-Times file

The national manhunt for the third suspect in April’s violent murder of 7-year-old Jaslyn Adams came to an end Monday in Chicago, federal authorities have confirmed. 

Devontay Anderson, 22, was arrested here “without incident,” according to FBI Special Agent Shelley Gryz. Anderson’s arrest came nearly three months after he was charged with Jaslyn’s first-degree murder, records show.

The FBI had offered a reward of as much as $25,000 for information leading to Anderson’s arrest and conviction. But Tuesday, authorities offered little detail about the circumstances surrounding his capture. 

Neither the Chicago Police Department nor the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office would immediately comment on Anderson’s arrest, which was first disclosed in a court filing by a federal prosecutor.

The feds had separately charged Anderson with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney M. David Habich filed a two-page document in that case late Tuesday morning informing U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheila Finnegan of Anderson’s arrest. 

The document asked the judge to dismiss the federal unlawful flight case. Finnegan granted the request a short time later.

Devontay Anderson wanted poster

Devontay Anderson


Two other men, Demond Goudy and Marion Lewis, have also been charged in connection with Jaslyn’s death. Prosecutors have said Lewis was the getaway driver in the shooting but did not fire any of the shots. Both are being held without bail.

A six-page federal complaint filed in April against Anderson said authorities had potentially tracked him to Florida using GPS “ping notifications” from a Facebook account. It also described the aftermath of Jaslyn’s fatal April 18 shooting as discovered by police. 

It said officers arrived at a McDonald’s in the 3200 block of West Roosevelt Road and found a 2003 Infiniti sedan “riddled with bullets” in the drive-thru lane. Jaslyn and her father, Jontae Adams, had been in the Infiniti about 4:20 p.m. when two gunmen got out of an Audi and fired into the Infiniti, authorities have said. Jaslyn was killed and her father was wounded.

The complaint also described surveillance video viewed by CPD. It said the Audi had three occupants when it pulled behind the Infiniti.

“Two adult males then exited the Audi,” the complaint said. “One male, later identified by CPD as Anderson, exited the rear passenger side of the Audi brandishing a Draco AK-47 pistol. The other male exited the Audi from the front passenger seat brandishing a Glock pistol. Both men opened fire on the Infiniti, firing dozens of rounds before re-entering the Audi and leaving the scene.”

The federal complaint says Chicago police identified Jaslyn’s father as a known gang member and began to scour social media accounts of rival gang members. It said they discovered an Instagram Live video which linked Anderson to the murder. 

A separate public Facebook page connected to Anderson contained corroborating photos, the complaint said.

Contributing: Matthew Hendrickson

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