Homicide scene

A shooting at 26th and South streets on July 24 resulted in the death of Audrea Craig.

Lincoln police arrested a third man early Friday and are looking for a fourth in the shooting death of Audrea Craig at a south Lincoln home on July 24.

Police haven't yet said which of the four they believe shot Craig, but prosecutors charged one of them, Sylvester LeBlanc Jr., 25, with use of a firearm to commit a felony in addition to first-degree murder.

They picked LeBlanc up at 12:30 a.m. Friday at a house near 27th and J streets, according to court records.

An arrest warrant also went out for 19-year-old Charles E. Gresham III, of Omaha, charging him with first-degree murder.

Police on Friday said Gresham may be in the Lincoln or Omaha area and asked for help from anyone who may know his whereabouts.

Court documents with details about the investigation so far remain sealed.

The news comes on the heels of arrests Thursday of Rubin J. Thomas, 28, and Jesse T. Foster, 21. They both were booked into jail on suspicion of first-degree murder but haven't yet been charged.

They are set to make their first court appearances Monday.

Both had been released from prison within the past year. Thomas was released on post-release supervision in November; Foster was paroled in April.

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At a news conference Thursday where he announced their arrests, Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister confirmed a connection between Craig's killing and the shooting death of Martae Green, who was dropped off at Bryan West Campus within minutes of police scrambling to Craig's house at 2046 S. 26th St., less than a mile away, on a report that she had been shot.

Bliemeister said video surveillance showed that Green was one of the men who forced their way into Craig's home, armed with a handgun.

He said the investigation revealed that during the robbery, Craig armed herself and shot Green.

Police responded to the 911 call at 3:46 a.m. July 24 and found Craig dead of multiple gunshot wounds.

Green was pronounced dead at 4:37 a.m.

Investigators say six children — five of them Craig's — were in the house the morning she was killled, as well as a 30-year-old Lincoln man.

Investigators believe it was a drug robbery.

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