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Second suspect, Perris resident, arrested in Brea slaying

By in Press Enterprise on July 21, 2017

By Scott Schwebke

BREA>> A second man has been arrested in a January homicide in the parking lot of a Target store in Brea, according to authorities.

Edward Dewayne Nelson, 33, of Perris, was arrested Wednesday, Brea police said in a statement.

Detectives learned that two suspects had been involved in the homicide and had been conducting surveillance in Perris on Nelson when they stopped a car in which he was a passenger, said Lt. Darrin Devereux.

Nelson was booked into the Orange County Jail on suspicion of murder in the slaying of 44-year-old Alex Lin of Brea.

His bail has been set at $1 million.

Thomas Jenkins III of Moreno Valley was arrested earlier in the homicide.

Police suspect that Jenkins shot Lin several times on Jan. 28 during a robbery in an underground parking lot of a Target store at 855 East Birch Street.

Nelson is accused of driving Jenkins to and from the crime scene, Senior Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Walker said.

Brea detectives knew Jenkins allegedly had an accomplice, but they only recently figured out his identity, Devereux said.

“There was a lot of good work by the detectives to track him (Nelson) down over the past six months or so,” the lieutenant said.

City News Service contributed to this story

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