Two-month manhunt ends with arrest of KC murder suspect

04/01/2014 1:49 PM

04/01/2014 1:49 PM

After a manhunt that lasted more than two months, Kansas City fugitive detectives this week arrested a man in connection with the beating death of his neighbor’s ex-boyfriend in January.

Police had been looking for Jermaine A. Lane, 34, since the killing of Rondell E. Robinson Jan. 29 in the 7000 block of Jackson Avenue.

Fugitive detectives tracked Lane to the Capital Center Inn motel at 87th Street and Interstate 435 and set up surveillance Monday morning. As they were preparing to approach his room’s door, Robinson walked out with an ice bucket in his hands. Detectives arrested him without incident. He was in jail Tuesday in lieu of a $250,000 cash-only bond.

Lane had been staying at the motel for about four weeks. Police weren’t sure where he stayed before then but believed he had remained in the area.

Prosecutors in early February charged Lane with second-degree murder, alleging that he beat Robinson to death and left him to die despite suggestions that an ambulance be called.

According to court records and police reports, the neighbor called Lane after Robinson, her ex-boyfriend, showed up at her front door Jan. 28 despite a court’s order saying he had to stay away from her.

Court records allege that Lane, who knows martial arts, stomped on Robinson, put him in a choke hold and knocked him out. Another witness described seeing Lane stomp Robinson hard enough to possibly break his ribs. At one point, that witness told Lane and Lane’s neighbor to call an ambulance or police, but they refused.

That witness left the scene but later called Lane to ask if they called an ambulance.

“No, “ Lane reportedly said.

Asked if Robinson ever woke up, Lane reportedly said, “Yes he did, but I knocked him back out.”

The Jackson County medical examiner ruled Robinson’s cause of death as a homicide by multiple blunt force injuries.

When police searched Lane’s home, they found clothing and flip-flops stained with what appeared to be blood, and they found Robinson’s wallet, court records said.

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