A six-year-old boy whose parents were killed by three masked men during an armed robbery on Christmas Eve told police ‘ninjas’ killed his family, police said.
Danielle Brooks, 32, and Christopher Brooks, 38, were found with gunshot wounds in their Anchorage, Alaska, home at 4pm on Saturday.
Police are still on the hunt for Lamarkus Jayquann Mann, 22, who is considered armed and dangerous. Jaylyn Franklin has been arrested, while a third suspect, De Anthony Malik Harris, is in the hospital, CBS reported.
The couple’s six-year-old son told police: ‘Ninjas came to my home and killed my family.’ He said the masked men also told him to go to his room.
The boy is now in the care of his grandmother Debra Brooks, who told KTVA: ‘He’s having nightmares about ninjas. It’s unfair because he’s gotta grow up without a mother and a father.’
The suspects, who knew Christopher Brooks, planned to rob the couple, police said.
Franklin, who was arrested and charged with murder, robbery, burglary and tampering with evidence, initially told police he was walking with Harris when they came across a man who was shot.
He later gave police a different account and said they met Mann, who asked if they wanted to make money, according to an affidavit cited by CBS.
Mann said Christopher Brooks was expecting him to go to his house later that day, and another unnamed man drove the three suspects part of the way there, according to the affidavit.
Franklin said they covered their faces with t-shirts before entering the home, where Mann ‘began demanding drugs and money’, according to the affidavit.
Police are still on the hunt for Lamarkus Jayquann Mann, 22, (pictured) who is considered armed and dangerous
Jaylyn Franklin (pictured) who was arrested and charged with murder, robbery, burglary and tampering with evidence, said they met Mann, who asked if they wanted to make money
Police said Mann shot Danielle Brooks first, and they arrived at the 4100 block of Peterkin Avenue to find her dead at the scene.
Mann and Christopher Brooks struggled over the gun, and Harris tried to jump in and help, according to police and court documents. Both Harris and Christopher Brooks were shot in the process.
Christopher Brooks managed to exit the home, and police arrived to find him collapsed outside. He was taken to the hospital, where he died.
The robbers fled the scene in a Honda Ridgeline, according to court documents, and Mann has a warrant out for his arrest for murder, robbery and burglary.
Franklin, who admitted to deleting text messages regarding the double homicide, was charged with two counts of murder and one count of robbery, burglary, and tampering with evidence.
Harris was also charged with murder, robbery and burglary, according to court documents cited by the Alaska Dispatch News. He was in the hospital being treated for a gunshot wound, according to the affidavit.
Anyone with information should call Anchorage Police at 786-8900 or Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP.