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Three Suspects Charged in Byron Township Homicide

May 25th, 2022 11:08 am

UPDATE 6/3/2022 at 3:15PM

The third suspect, Javonte Rosa, was arraigned in 63rd District Court today on charges of felony murder, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, and felony firearms in connection with the homicide of Joseph Wilder. Kentwood Police detectives also obtained charges against all three suspects in connection with an armed robbery along 28th St. Javonte Rosa, Rhishy Manning, and Jaheim Hayes-Goree were charged with armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, and felony firearms for the Kentwood gas station robbery.  Javonte Rosa's bond was also denied.


Javonte Rosa



The Kent County Sheriff’s Office, Grand Rapids Police Department, Kentwood Police Department, & Walker Police Department investigate a string of violent events last night.


Tuesday 5/24/22

  • 9:42PM – 600 Block of Leonard St - Armed Robbery – Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD)
  • 10:36PM – 6400 Block Division St - Homicide (Byron Township) – Kent County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO)
  • 11:35PM – 700 Block of S Division - Audi SUV stolen - GRPD

Wednesday 5/25/22

  • 1:15AM – 200 Block of Ann St - Armed Robbery - GRPD
  • 1:30AM – 28th & East Paris - Armed Robbery – Kentwood Police Department
  • 2:15AM – GRPD then Walker Police Department pursues vehicle & Audi SUV crashes at Alpine & 4 Mile – Walker Police Department


Just before 10:00 pm last night the Grand Rapids Police Department responded to an armed robbery along Leonard St involving shots being fired with no one struck.  Just after 10:30 pm, the Kent County Sheriff’s Office investigated a homicide on S Division St in Byron Township.  Deputies located a 50-year-old Kentwood man deceased from gunshot wounds.  It appears the homicide occurred during an attempted robbery at an ATM.  An Audi SUV was stolen along the 700 block of S Division Ave in the City of Grand Rapids and was tied to an armed robbery along Ann St around 1:15 am.  At 1:30 am this same Audi was used in an armed robbery of a gas station at 28th St & East Paris in the City of Kentwood.

Grand Rapids Police later located the vehicle and initiated a pursuit.  After the vehicle left the City of Grand Rapids, Walker Police officers located the vehicle and pursued it until the vehicle crashed along Alpine & 4 Mile in Alpine Township.  With the assistance of multiple police agencies, a 20-year-old man and 22-year-old man from Grand Rapids were arrested nearby after fleeing the crash. 

Kent County police agencies are working closely together to identify how and if these events are related and working to identify all suspects involved.  As we learn more about the involvement of the two men in custody and subsequent charges, we will provide an update.


If you have information that could help to move the investigation forward, please call the KCSO at 616-632-6125, or call Silent Observer at 616-774-2345 to report information safely and anonymously.


Contact: Sgt. Eric Brunner | 616.632.6106