Trevor Forest Whitaker, Jamal Alford charged with Sherman Hills shooting that injured two girls

Last updated: June 24. 2014 11:24PM - 3866 Views
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WILKES-BARRE — Detectives say Trevor Forest Whitaker was found with a loaded .38 special revolver when he was arrested Monday in Sherman Hills, not far from where two girls were shot in the troubled apartment complex in August.

Whitaker, 27, of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Jamal Alford, 25, of Church Street, Plymouth, were charged by detectives with Luzerne County and city police for the shooting that injured Janiya McFarlane, 5, and Gabrielle Morris, 2, in Apartment 614, Building 328, on Aug. 24. McFarlane survived a gunshot wound to her neck, and Morris survived a gunshot wound to her face.

The shooting incident led to an inspection of the apartment complex by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which found inoperable surveillance cameras and exterior lighting, broken windows and financial mismanagement.

Investigators allege Alford, whose street name is “Flea,” fired multiple rounds into the apartment striking the two girls.

Whitaker was with Alford when they approached William Cash, known as “Junie,” just outside a sliding glass door to Apartment 614. One of the men yelled to Cash, “Yo, come here bro,” as Cash told them to wait because he did not know them, according to the criminal complaints.

Cash entered the apartment when gunfire erupted, the complaints say.

Cash was at the apartment visiting his daughter, McFarlane, and the girl’s mother, Diana Page.

Before the shooting, Cash was upset that two men were in the apartment and had left out the front door. Cash asked Page what was going on. When she did not answer, Cash went out the rear door and encountered the two men who yelled to him to come here, according to the complaints.

Whitaker was arrested near Building 304 in Sherman Hills.

Investigators allege he was in possession of a loaded revolver, a small bag of marijuana, a marijuana blunt and a bundle of heroin.

Whitaker and Alford were charged with two counts of aggravated assault. Whitaker was further charged with illegal possession of a firearm, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Whitaker was jailed at the county correctional facility for lack of $800,000 total bail. Alford was jailed for lack of $500,000 bail.

Court records say Alford was released from the county correctional facility on April 10, when he was given credit for 227 days time served on a three to 18 months’ sentence on two counts of hindering apprehension.

State police and Pittston police charged Alford on Aug. 27, when he interfered with investigators searching for a suspect in a robbery in Plains Township, according to court records.

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