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Police charge suspect in sports store robbery

A 27-year-old man charged in a fatal armed robbery at a store on N. King Drive last summer told a friend that a man who was new to his crew was the shooter, according to a criminal complaint.

A 27-year-old man charged in a fatal armed robbery at a store on N. King Drive last summer told a friend that a man who was new to his crew was the shooter, according to a criminal complaint.

Darnell Deshawn Hoskins, who was arrested only recently, was charged in October with one count of armed robbery in the July 30 robbery at Playmakers Sports Center that left customer Lloyd Jackson dead.

According to the complaint:

Four armed men wearing masks entered the store about 7 p.m. and told everyone to get down. Two of them ordered the manager to hand over money from a cash register and a safe, more than $6,000. One of the other men told Jackson, 28, not to move, then shot him once in the back.

A man outside the store told police that he saw a black Chevy van idling outside the store, and that a man inside pointed a gun at him as he stared. While he backed away, he saw the robbers leave Playmakers, enter the van and leave.

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Police later found a woman who said that she had traded her black Chevy van to someone for his BMW, and that her friend was a close friend of Hoskins.'

On July 30, she told police, Hoskins called her and asked for a ride. When she picked him up, he told her that a guy he didn't know, and had never worked with before, had shot someone unnecessarily.

The woman then drove Hoskins to an area just north of downtown where he threw into the Milwaukee River some computer equipment police say was taken from Playmakers during the robbery. Police divers recovered the equipment in September.

Milwaukee police announced Thursday that a reward of $10,000 for information leading to more arrests and convictions has been offered by Playmakers and the Historic King Drive Business Improvement District.

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