News Flash

JCPAO Press Releases

Posted on: February 28, 2019

DNA on gun, wireless earbuds, other evidence lead to murder charge in KC

For Immediate Release

Feb. 28, 2019

Thanks, in part, to DNA testing of a gun grip and wireless earbuds found at the crime scene, a 30-year-old Lee's Summit man has been charged in the August 2018 fatal shooting of Cyrenaico Lange, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Rafael M. Armstrong, dob: 8/21/1988, faces Murder 1st Degree, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and two counts of Armed Criminal Action.*

According to court records, Kansas City police responded Aug. 5, 2018, to 107th and Greenwood Drive in Kansas City and found a woman suffering from gunshot wounds in the street. She later was pronounced deceased. Multiple spent shell casings were found near the body, as well as a cell hone and wireless earbuds. A call to the victim's phone was confirmed to have come from the defendant. Family told police he used to live with the victim. On Aug. 10, 2018, the defendant was arrested on a unrelated felony warrant. A stolen handgun was found under a mattress in the motel room where he was arrested. It was tested for DNA and the Kansas City Police Crime Lab found the gun matched the gun used to fire shell's at the Aug. 5, 2018, homicide scene at 107th and Greenwood. Also, a swab of DNA taken from the grip of the gun matched DNA from the defendant, as well as DNA from the ear buds found at the crime scene. The defendant has a previous felony conviction from 2014, which means he was in unlawful possession of a weapon.

Prosecutors requested a bond of $500,000 cash.

For more information, contact:

Michael Mansur

Director of Communication

Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office

Jean Peters Baker, Prosecutor

Work   : (816) 881-3812

Mobile: (816) 674-3954

mmansur@jacksongov.org

http://jacksoncountyprosecutor.com

*Charges are only accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until the defendant is either found guilty or has pleaded.




Charging Document(s)
Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in JCPAO Press Releases

Statement from family of Lisa Lopez-Galvan

Posted on: February 20, 2024

Press conference today at 2 p.m. in Jackson County Downtown Courthouse

Posted on: February 20, 2024 | Last Modified on: January 28, 2021

KC man charged in April 30 homicide in KC

Posted on: September 29, 2017

16-year-old KC teen charged in 2016 murder

Posted on: December 23, 2016

KC man charged in Midtown carjacking

Posted on: November 4, 2016

KC man charged in rape of 14-year-old girl

Posted on: September 15, 2016

Charges in Grandview robbery

Posted on: April 20, 2016

Guilty plea in child death case

Posted on: April 13, 2016

KC man charged in KC car chase

Posted on: April 8, 2016

Police officer’s conviction upheld

Posted on: April 5, 2016

Charges filed in fatal KC shooting

Posted on: April 1, 2016

Charges filed in Independence murder

Posted on: March 31, 2016

Independence eluding leads to charges

Posted on: March 11, 2016

Sexual assault of 15-year-old

Posted on: March 9, 2016

Charges in weekend chase, crash

Posted on: March 6, 2016

Sword-wielding man leads police on chase

Posted on: February 25, 2016

Charges in Jan. 9 gun slaying

Posted on: January 15, 2016

Charges in Grandview hit-and-run

Posted on: December 30, 2015

Solar energy theft involved area churches

Posted on: December 16, 2015