Teenager arrested in broad daylight in New York for murdering LA drill rapper Avanti Frowner
A teenager was arrested in the shooting of a Los Angeles drill rapper at a Bronx pharmacy in broad daylight earlier this month, authorities say.
River Jones, 18, was picked up by investigators Wednesday in a dorm building on the campus of Monroe College in New Rochelle, Westchester County, and faces a principal charge of second-degree murder in the June 9 killing of 27-year-old rapper Avanti Frowner , police and prosecutors said.
According to a criminal complaint, Jones was one of the suspects who killed Frowner – aka Money Gang Vontae – at the Amazing Pharmacy on E. Tremont Ave. shortly before 3:45 p.m. 595 are said to have beaten and robbed.
Another suspect who remains at large repeatedly shot Frowner in the body and torso, prosecutors said.
Frowner was taken to St Barnabas Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police said they are still looking for several others in the killing.
In a phone interview Friday, Frowner’s brother, Roger Frowner, Jr., 37, told the Post that “it feels pretty good” that an arrest has been made, “but I know more needs to be done.”
“I just hope that sooner or later they will definitely be taken off the streets,” he said of his brother’s killers.
“It’s only a matter of time before they’re all taken off the streets, but it feels good to be off the streets. I will feel much better when they are all in custody and their fate is decided.”
Originally from Chicago, Frowner moved to LA to pursue his music career. According to his brother, he has a 6-year-old son.
“He was trying to entertain his fans and live his life and take care of his son,” his brother said. “He’s known all over Chicago – everyone knew him.”
He said his brother who was killed “came out of a fight.
“We come from a big family,” said Roger Frowner. “He worked his way up in music, moving to LA in 2017 I think, and he’s been quite involved with his music since then. He ended up in the car shop. He was really into his music, so he wasn’t a bad guy. He was definitely not out there looking for trouble.
“I think about him every day,” added the rapper’s brother. “But I will keep his legacy going, keep his music going and grow his business as he would expect us to.”
Terrifying footage of the shooting obtained by The Post showed four of the suspects grappling with Frowner before one of them fired at least four shots.
The group then ran, leaving the helpless victim behind the counter with a blood-soaked shirt.
The suspects made off with Frowner’s necklace and money, sources said.
According to police sources and his father, Roger Frowner Sr., 56, he was in town for a show.
“I’m really looking forward to you all finding the rest of them,” the elder frowner told The Post on Friday.
In an earlier interview the day after the shooting, the father had said: “You don’t have to be on the streets anymore – never!
“If they kill someone in a shop in broad daylight, they are insidious.”
“You made a mistake,” he continued. “They did the stupidest thing they could ever do in life. And I hope God will make them pay for it.”
Jones was held without bail during his arraignment Thursday.
He also faces charges of first-degree manslaughter, first- and second-degree robbery, criminal possession of weapons, and criminal possession of stolen property.
Additional reporting by M’Niyah Lynn
https://nypost.com/2022/06/24/teen-busted-in-broad-daylight-nyc-killing-of-la-drill-rapper-avanti-frowner/ Teenager arrested in broad daylight in New York for murdering LA drill rapper Avanti Frowner