Sister of Utah murder suspect arrested as search continues for him and his young child

Police investigate a shooting death near a South Salt Lake grocery store at 2193 S. Main on May 9. A fourth family member has been arrested and accused of helping prevent police from finding a fugitive suspect in that killing. Police are also looking for that suspect's young child.

Police investigate a shooting death near a South Salt Lake grocery store at 2193 S. Main on May 9. A fourth family member has been arrested and accused of helping prevent police from finding a fugitive suspect in that killing. Police are also looking for that suspect's young child. (Mengshin Lin, Deseret News)



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SOUTH SALT LAKE — Another family member of a fugitive tied to the killing of a man outside a South Salt Lake grocery story has been arrested and accused of lying to police and helping the fugitives avoid capture.

Alexus Lillie Nicole Coleman, 20, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on Monday for investigation of obstruction of justice. Her arrest comes on the same day that her parents — Damian Stafon Coleman Sr., 49, and Kenya Susette Coleman, 47, both of Roy — as well as Liana Deleon Guerrero Blas, 20, were charged in 3rd District Court with obstruction of justice, a second-degree felony.

In addition to the three wanted fugitives who are charged with murder, police say they are also looking for Blas' 18-month-old boy who hasn't been seen in nearly two months.

On May 9, Romeo Charles Stevens, 27, was shot multiple times and killed near the entrance to the parking lot at WinCo, 2193 S. Main.

Four people are charged with murder and aggravated robbery in Stevens' death: Damian Stafon Coleman Jr., 27, of Roy; McKennalyn Elizabeth Cummins, 24, of Portage, Box Elder County; Terrell Jones, 30, of Roy; and Stafon Dshawn Coleman, 21, of Roy. In addition to those first-degree felony charges, they are each charged with obstructing justice, a second-degree felony. Damian Coleman Jr. was arrested shortly after the shooting but the other three have remained on the run.

Damian Coleman Jr. and Stafon Coleman are brothers. Jones is a half-brother. Damian Coleman Sr. is their father, Kenya Coleman is their stepmother. Alexus Coleman is their sister, and Blas is Stafon Coleman's girlfriend, according to court records.

Through their investigation, police learned that Blas went to Las Vegas, California, and Texas with her boyfriend and Jones and also traveled to Arizona. Prosecutors say the family and Blas have continued to lie and withhold information from police regarding the whereabouts of the three fugitives.

In a new police booking affidavit, investigators say Alexus Coleman is also withholding information.

"Alexus lied about how Liana Blas got to her home after being out of state following the homicide. Alexus stated Liana never left the home. This is a lie as it is known Liana was in California in May and in Texas in May as well," the affidavit states.

Detectives also say that since the three fugitives have been on the run, Blas gave birth to Stafon Coleman's second child in Arizona. Alexus Coleman and her father Damian Coleman Sr. later went to Arizona to retrieve the newborn, according to the affidavit. That newborn was found by police on Aug. 10 when Blas was arrested.

Her first child, however, 18-month-old Stefan Jr., whom she shares with Coleman, has not been seen in months, according to police.

"The first baby belonging to Liana is now missing as of Aug. 10. It was confirmed the baby was traveling with Liana and Stafon in May of 2022 in California and Texas. The baby was last seen in El Paso on May 24. Alexus has refused to say where this baby is located at. Liana has also refused to say where this baby currently is. This baby is listed on (a national police database) as a missing endangered child as a result of not knowing where the (boy) is and the fact the baby's father is a known fugitive with a homicide warrant," the affidavit states.

Police suspect the child is with the boy's father, but say he does not have legal custody of the child. Police say they need to find the boy to check on his welfare.

Investigators also learned that Kenya Coleman was using a cash app belonging to Alexus Coleman "to send money to relatives in California who then send the cash on to their brothers who are fugitives who are also in California. Alexus has continued to lie about knowing where her fugitive brothers are at," according to the affidavit.

"Alexus is actively obstructing this investigation by helping family members avoid capture by making false statements related to the homicide case, including the whereabouts of her brothers and relevant facts relating to where her brothers have recently been in addition to denying she has been assisting in providing money to family members in California who are providing cash to her brothers who are fugitives that have homicide warrants. Alexus has refused to divulge the location of the infant child belonging to Liana and Stafon," the affidavit continues.

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the KSL.com team in 2021 after many years of reporting for the Deseret News

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