Multiple Arrests Made In Connection With New Year’s Day Murder
Evansville Police have arrested 3 people in connection with January 1, 2018, shooting death of D’Angelo White. A 4th suspect remains at large.
Investigators believe White was lured to the 1400 block of S Bedford by 17-year-old CHARISSA ROBINSON. (Because ROBINSON is charged as an adult, in this case, she is being publicly identified.) Prior to the murder, ROBINSON sent White a message saying she wanted to buy marijuana from him. Police believe the drug deal was arranged with the purpose of robbing White.
White arrived at 1406 S. Bedford and ROBINSON got into his car. ROBINSON examined two large bags of marijuana and agreed to buy $25 worth of the drug. As White and ROBINSON were conducting the drug deal, MYKEL BLAIR (18), NOAH COLEMAN (20), and DERRICK BUTTS (38) approached the car. During the robbery, White was shot. Investigators believe MYKEL BLAIR was the person who fired shots into the car. White was able to drive away but crashed a short distance away. He died from his gunshot injuries. Police recovered 68 grams of marijuana in White’s car. White was killed over less than $500 worth of marijuana.
EPD investigated an incident on November 2, 2017, where BLAIR and another man were shot near the intersection of Monroe and Evans. Neither BLAIR nor the other victim cooperated with the investigation. Police do not believe the two cases are connected.
Police learned that ROBINSON stole a handgun from a relative prior to the robbery. Investigators believe the stolen gun may have been used in the robbery. Police was told COLEMAN removed several guns from the house after the murder. Investigators also learned COLEMAN had been stopped by Henderson Police in the days after the murder. COLEMAN was in possession of 6 handguns. The guns were seized by HPD. He was not arrested during the stop. The guns will be tested to see if any are connected with White’s murder.
BUTTS was already in the Vanderburgh County Jail on unrelated charges. ROBINSON was taken into custody without incident after being interviewed at EPD headquarters. BLAIR was located at a Newburgh home and taken into custody without incident by the US Marshal’s Task Force.
ROBINSON, BLAIR, and BUTTS are in the Vanderburgh County Jail facing the following charges:
Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery Resulting in Death
Attempted Armed Robbery Resulting in Death
Police are looking for COLEMAN. EPD does not have an image of him at this time. Anyone with information on his location is asked to call EPD or WeTip at 1-78-CRIME.
FOOTNOTE: All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.