Omaha Man Arrested After Three Random Shootings

Omaha Police have arrested a 20-year-old man they say is responsible for three random shootings in the past week. 

Since October 15th two men were injured by gunfire and a third man escaped injury when shots were fired at him.  In each case, victims described a similar looking vehicle leading detectives to arrest the shooter, who is identified as 20-year-old Prezident Mickens of Omaha.

Here is the timeline of the shootings:

On October 15th around 8:00 p.m. 41-year-old Kodjovi Tsogbe was shot while he was walking in the area of 27th and Jaynes.  Tsogbe told police the shots came from a black Chrysler Pacifica.

On October 16th around 9:00 a.m. 31-year-old Bradford Bolden was shot while walking in the area of 25th and Bauman Avenue.  Bolden also described a black Chrysler Pacifica as the shooter’s vehicle.

On October 19th just before 9:00 a.m. police believe Mickens tried to shoot 63-year old Edward Hodges near 34th and Kansas Ave. The investigation revealed that a bullet missed Hodges but struck his house. Hodges also described the same black vehicle.

Mickens was initially booked on October 20 for terroristic threats regarding an incident that occurred on September 19, 2018 at the Westroads shopping mall.  Mickens had threatened to shoot several individuals before leaving the property in a black Pacifica,  similar to the vehicle described in the three shootings. 

The Westroads arrest and follow-up investigation led detectives to connect Mickens to all four incidents.  None of the victims sustained life-threatening injuries.

Mickens was booked for two counts of second-degree assault, one count of attempted assault, one count of attempted assault and three counts of use of a weapon to commit a felony.

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