UPDATE: Fox River Mall shooting suspect booked into Outagamie County Jail
GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (WBAY) - A teenager who was arrested in Iowa on Thursday afternoon for his alleged involvement of the shooting at the Fox River Mall in Grand Chute last Sunday has been booked into the Outagamie County Jail.
According to online jail records, 17-year-old Dezman Ellis was booked at 11:51 p.m. Friday.
Ellis had appeared in a court room Friday morning and waived his extradition, meaning he would return to Outagamie County to face charges.
Grand Chute Police traveled to Iowa to pick up Ellis and bring him back to Northeast Wisconsin and hold him in the Outagamie County Jail.
“We have two teams of investigators on the way down. My understanding is that they plan to bring him back this evening,” Police Capt. Colette Jaeger told us.
After a days-long manhunt, Ellis was arrested in Des Moines, Iowa, without incident Thursday afternoon at about 3:30.
The Grand Chute Police Department says while they were trying to track down Ellis’s whereabouts, they developed information that he was likely heading out of the state. They enlisted the help of the U.S. Marshals Service.
The U.S. Marshals Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force agreed to help with the investigation Monday. “Following an exhaustive, around-the-clock” investigation, the police department said, Ellis was taken into custody at a home in Des Moines, about 400 miles from Grand Chute.
Ellis is charged in Outagamie County Circuit Court with 1st Degree Intentional Homicide and 1st Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety. According to prosecutors, police believe Ellis shot and killed 19-year-old Jovanni Frausto in the mall food court during an argument over a girl who previously dated Ellis. An autopsy said Frausto died from two gunshot wounds, including one to the chest. Another person who was shot was treated at a hospital and released.
Frausto’s family and Grand Chute police say the arrest is a relief.
The victim’s mother, Tanya Frausto, wrote on the GoFundMe site to help pay for her son’s funeral, “I know it will never get easy or be easy in any way, but I will never stop for my son, my baby. #Justiceforjovanni.”
“It’s a huge relief, so we’re extremely grateful to the Marshals and their tenacious effort to get him,” Jaeger said.
Outagamie County Circuit Court Judge Carrie Schneider issued an arrest warrant for Ellis on Tuesday and added a $750,000 bond amount on Wednesday. While nothing has been scheduled, police anticipate Ellis making his first court appearance early next week.
Following his arrest, the Grand Chute Police Department issued a statement reading in part, “We would also like to express our sincere gratitude to the public for the numerous tips that we received during the course of this investigation.”
Police tell us the Great Lakes Regional Task Force includes U.S. Marshals offices in Green Bay; Milwaukee; Madison; Chicago; and Hammond, Indiana; along with the Southern Iowa Fugitive Task Force. Members of the Appleton Police Department/Outagamie County Sheriff’s Office special investigations unit are deputized as U.S. Marshals Task Force officers.
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