Two Arrested in Party Bus Triple Murder, Gunman Behind Bars


A four day manhunt for a Rockford triple murder suspect is over. Two people are in police custody. Rockford Police took Raheem King and his girlfriend, Lakeacia Kizart into custody on Wednesday. Authorities say they didn’t have to go very far to find them.

“We’re very happy to have Mr. King in custody at this time as he was a great threat to the public,” said Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea. The 22-year old suspected gunman in the slaying of three people is behind bars. Raheem King turned himself in at the Winnebago County Justice Center Wednesday evening., but not without an attorney by his side.

“The following charges were issued four counts of first degree murder against Raheem King,” said Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato.  “Those possible penalties, should he be convicted, would be automatic natural life.”

King’s Girlfriend is Lakeacia Kizart, 21. She also turned herself in early Wednesday morning. She is now facing charges of aiding and abetting a fugitive.   “That is a class four felony,” said Bruscato.  “Possible felony of one to three years in the department of corrections.”  Officials say the community can now feel some relief that a man suspected of such a violent crime is now off the streets.

“We have a person who is dangerous and has committed a heinous crime in our community in custody,” said Bruscato. “We can now allow the criminal justice system do it’s work.”

The shooting that killed three men on Saturday, after a night of fun on a party bus turned deadly.  Investigators say King used an assault rifle to shoot and kill Daijon Sistrunk, Martavies Blake, and Sean Anderson.  All of them were onboard a private charter bus together.  The shooting happened on Auburn Street and Johnston Ave.The bus driver drove about a mile after the shooting to a Mobil Gas Station on Springfield Avenue to call Police.

Police say a motive behind the murder’s unclear. “We don’t have any ties to being gang related, but again its still ongoing and a fluid case,” said Chief O’Shea.

King is set to be in court as early as Thursday at 1:30 pm. King is held without bond. There’s no time set for Kizart’s court appearance, her bond is set at $1 million dollars.  Both King and Kizart are held in the Winnebago County Jail.

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