New details: Man facing fatal hit-and-run charges is also accused of holding a family hostage

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- New details emerge regarding the suspect who sped away from the crime scene and killed an innocent Milwaukee man. Turns out, he's also accused of being involved in holding a family hostage.

Seated in a wheelchair, handcuffed and bandaged, Dionte Nowels made his initial appearance in court on Saturday morning, May 2nd, after supposedly being in a crash that killed an innocent man.

"I seen a car come down the street 70-80 miles an hour and he went through the stop sign and crossed over the center," said June Whitehead, lives near accident.

Witnesses say the green Chevrolet Malibu he was in sped through the intersection at 53rd and Center and slammed into a Mercury Cougar killing the driver, Edward Adams.

"It's just a terrible thing, we are mourning a loss and we just miss our brother so much," said Marcus Adams, victim's brother.

Thursday, April 30th, loved ones and community supporters stood among the wreckage that remains and prayed for comfort and peace.

"Just too much violence is going on," said Marcus Adams.

According to new court documents, Nowels' violent acts began early Tuesday morning, April 28th.

Reports say Nowels was one of two suspects involved in a carjacking of the green Malibu. The suspects then robbed the carjacking victim of money, a watch and other property then demanded the victim get in the car and take them to his residence on 18th Street.

While inside, the armed suspects held the victim's girlfriend and 3-year-old son captive as they ransacked the home and supposedly stole a gun and jewelry.

Threatening to kill his loved ones, the armed suspect then drove the carjacking victim to a bank on North Avenue and forced him to go inside and retrieve money. Instead, the victim informed the teller he was being robbed and needed police.

When officers responded, the suspect took off, causing an accident which later claimed the life of Edward Adams.

The chain of devastating events inspired words of remembrance and words of caution.

"Everybody just loved Edward being he was a good person that would do anything for you. Young people, slow down please, you don't know the world of hurt you are causing our families and the trouble that you can get in is very deep," said Vincent Adams.

The suspect is charged with armed robbery, as a party to a crime, second degree reckless homicide and hit-and-run resulting in death. He is being held on a $250,000 cash bail.

1 Comment

  • fredricwilliams

    Unless I am mistaken, the “hit-and-run” in this case is felony murder, since it occurred as a direct result of a serious crime. It seems to me that if found guilty of the crime as described here, life in prison is likely to be one possible result.

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