Nikko Jenkins' uncle taken into custody in connection with Andrea Kruger slaying - Omaha.com
Published Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 12:01 am / Updated at 6:21 pm
Nikko Jenkins' uncle taken into custody in connection with Andrea Kruger slaying

An uncle of accused killer Nikko Jenkins was taken into police custody hours after authorities identified him as a second suspect in the slaying of an Omaha mother and wife.

Warren J. Levering, 51, was found on the Winnebago Indian Reservation in northeast Nebraska on Tuesday evening, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. The Metro Area Fugitive Task Force took him into custody with the help of the Winnebago tribal police and U.S. Attorney's Office.

Authorities announced Tuesday afternoon that Levering had been charged in a warrant with being an accessory to a felony. He was booked into Douglas County Jail at 3:18 today.

A Crime Stoppers tip led to the arrest, the Sheriff's Office said Wednesday.

Levering's alleged role in the Aug. 21 shooting death of Andrea Kruger has not been disclosed. Those details are part of the ongoing investigation and are confidential, said Chief Deputy Tom Wheeler.

Kruger, the mother of three, was shot near 168th and Fort Streets. Authorities have charged Jenkins, 26, with first-degree murder in Kruger's death.

Jenkins is also charged in three other slayings: the Aug. 11 deaths of Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz and Juan Uribe-Pena in Spring Lake Park, and the Aug. 19 death of Curtis Bradford near 18th and Clark Streets.

Omaha police on Aug. 24 ticketed Levering on suspicion of shoplifting 12 bottles of vodka from a Baker's Supermarket on 72nd Street and of possessing drug paraphernalia, specifically a crack pipe, according to a police report.

Levering is the seventh family member or associate to be arrested since Nikko Jenkins was taken into custody. The others have been arrested on a variety of allegations. They are: Nikko Jenkins' mother and Levering's sister, Lori, charged with witness tampering; sisters Erica Jenkins and Lori Sayles, charged with robbery, and Melonie Jenkins, charged with witness tampering; Christine Bordeaux, charged with terroristic threats, being a felon in possession of ammunition and other offenses; and Anthony L. Wells, charged with possession of a weapon by a prohibited person.

Levering was released from prison in Oklahoma in June. He served nearly four years there for kidnapping, assault with a dangerous weapon and domestic abuse involving strangulation.

Levering spent more than six years in prison in the 1980s for burglary and an attempt to escape from custody, according to the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services website.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly said Warren Levering's brother James was the late gang member Jimmy Levering.

See also: Timeline of four killings tied to Nikko Jenkins

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