DES MOINES, Iowa -- Des Moines police say they've found the man responsible for one of the open homicide cases from 2017.
19-year-old Jahmar Mustin was arrested on Friday and charged with First Degree Murder and Criminal Gang Participation for his alleged role in the shooting death of Choice Elliston. The 23-year-old Elliston was shot and killed on May 9th, 2017. Police say Elliston and Mustin were riding in the same car that was involved in a rolling gun battle.
Police said last year they had a good idea of who the gunman was, but did not have the evidence they needed to charge him.
During their investigation police learned that the rolling gun battle was between rival gangs.
Police say Mustin was a member of the Heavy Hittas street gang and was sitting next to Elliston in one of the cars.
They say evidence shows while firing at the rival gang's car, Mustin shot Elliston in the head.
Des Moines police say the break in the case came from dedicated beat cops continuing to work and talk with people who may have known who pulled the trigger.
"We couldn't get help from the people who were there. We knew there were people who knew exactly what happened but they weren't talking. We had some really good street cops out there shaking the bushes until we got the answers we needed. Through their street police work we were able to identify who the suspect was" said Des Moines Police Spokesman Paul Parizek.
Police say Mustin is also involved in a narcotics investigation.
Elliston was the 14th of 24 criminal homicide victims in the city of Des Moines in 2017. Six of those investigations remain open.