Jaronn Deramus

Jaronn Deramus (Courtesy of Louisville Metro Police) 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- United States Marshals on Friday arrested a man in Bowling Green, Kentucky, in connection to a Dec. 18, 2020, homicide that occurred in Louisville's Saint Joseph neighborhood. 

Jaronn Deramus, 24, has been charged with the murder of Kenneth Russell, 22, as well as first-degree robbery, according to Louisville Metro Police. 

On the night of Russell's death, Deramus and three unnamed co-defendants went to a party at a residence in the University Park Apartments, not far from the intersection of South Preston Street and Eastern Parkway, according to Deramus' arrest report. During the party, police said in the report that one of the co-defendants "pulled out a handgun and fired one shot in the ceiling of the residence."

Deramus and the co-defendants then "demanded" people at the party give them money and other property, the report says. 

According to Deramus' arrest report, Russell refused to give over his property and "attempted to fight back." Police said one of the co-defendants then shot Russell in the face, killing him. 

"(Deramus) and along with the other (co-defendants) were obtaining property from the remaining victims, even after Mr. Russell was shot," the arrest report says. "(Deramus) took a phone from one of the victims." 

Deramus and the others then fled the scene, according to the arrest report. 

LMPD officers were called to the scene of the shooting around 2 a.m., spokesman Dwight Mitchell said in a statement at the time. Russell, of Lexington, Kentucky, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

According to Deramus' arrest report, several people who attended the party were able to identify him and the others he was with to police. 

On Saturday, a member of LMPD's Homicide Unit told WDRB News there are "outstanding parties" in the case and its investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the department's tip line at 502-574-LMPD (5673). 

LMPD spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said the department helped U.S. Marshals coordinate Demarus' arrest Friday, and he was taken into custody "without incident." 

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