Officers make arrest in fatal 2019 double shooting at Sycamore Township hotel

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Posted at 1:16 PM, Feb 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-11 13:16:48-05

CINCINNATI — Law enforcement officers arrested a second man in connection with a 2019 shooting that left a man and a teenage boy dead after an attempted robbery turned violent inside a hotel room.

U.S. Marshal Pete Tobin said marshals partnered with Hamilton County Sheriff's deputies to arrest Kevin Coes, 21, and charge him with two counts of murder in the deaths of 20-year-old Taymar Jones and 15-year-old JaQuan Howard.

Deputies transported Coes to the Hamilton County Justice Center after an early-Thursday morning arrest, Tobin said.

The shooting occurred late in the evening of Nov. 1, 2019, when sheriff's deputies responded to the Hampton Inn and Suites on Ronald Reagan Drive in Sycamore Township.

A group of individuals had rented a room "for a night of gambling including craps and betting on the Madden video game" during which "several thousand dollars [exchanged] hands," according to a December 2020 news release from the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office.

According to prosecutors, Jones arrived at the hotel room with two other men and attempted to rob the people attending the gathering, at which multiple people were carrying firearms. Gunfire ensued, in which Jones and Howard were caught and later died as a result.

In their release, prosecutors identified six individuals facing indictments from the shooting, including Coes. Also included in Coes' indictment were three counts of aggravated robbery, three counts of robbery, one count of aggravated burglary and two counts of felonious assault.

If convicted on all counts, he could face life in prison.

In January, marshals arrested 23-year-old Jay Harris on two counts of murder and other felony charges in connection with the shooting.

Of the other individuals indicted in the case, 24-year-old Marvin Brown Hughes is also facing murder charges.