Suspected driver in Rogers shooting held on $1 million bond in Benton County Jail

BENTONVILLE -- Bond was set at $1 million Friday for a Springdale man accused of being the driver while his passenger shot at another vehicle with four juveniles inside it.

Nethanel Morales, 19, was arrested Thursday in connection with four counts of attempted capital murder, battery and 12 counts of unlawful discharge of a firearm from a vehicle.

The accused shooter -- Jordan Rascon-Montanez was arrested Wednesday in connection with the same charges but also possession of a controlled substance.

Prosecutors have not filed any formal charges against the pair.

The two were arrested in connection with a Monday shooting that resulted in a boy being transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Rascon-Montanez, 19, is being held in the Benton County Jail with a $1 million bond.

Gabriel Stultz, deputy prosecutor, requested the same bond amount for Morales.

Stultz said law enforcement and prosecutors believe the driver has the same culpability as the shooter. Stultz said Morales continued pursuing the other vehicle even after the first two shots were fired.

One police officer said it looked as if Morales was giving Rascon-Montanez the best position to fire at the fleeing vehicle.

Circuit Judge Brad Karren questioned Morales about whether he wanted an attorney appointed to represent him.

Morales said he did not know. "Your honor, this is my first time being in jail," he said.

He told the judge he has worked for a car repair shop for almost a year and made $700 per month. Morales said his parents, along with his brothers and sister, live in Northwest Arkansas.

The judge found probable cause exists to hold Morales in custody on the charges. He set bond at $1 million.

Karren appointed the Benton County Public Defender's Office to represent Morales.

Rogers police received a call at 8:54 p.m. Monday about a shooting along South Dixieland Road and at 3003 W. Oak St. A juvenile was shot in the incident, according to the affidavit.

Detectives determined at 8:39 p.m. Monday some juveniles arrived at the Kum & Go gas station at 1701 W. New Hope Road to purchase THC cartridges from a person on Snapchat, according to the affidavit.

The juveniles were in a 1995 Toyota Tacoma and backed into a parking space at the northeast corner of the building and someone in a Honda Pilot arrived and parked, according to the affidavit.

One of the juveniles went to the passenger side of the Honda Pilot and grabbed a bag of the cartridges from the passenger before jumping back into the Tacoma and the group sped out of the parking lot, according to the affidavit.

There were four people in the fleeing vehicle on South Dixieland Road. Police believe two shots were fired at the Tacoma. Detectives later found two shell casings in the area, according to the affidavit.

The Tacoma then went to the Rogers Fire Department Training Center at 3003 W. Oak St. and turned around, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit states police were told the passenger of the Honda Pilot, who was identified as Rascon-Montanez, was hanging out the window firing a gun as the Tacoma passed.

The juveniles in the Tacoma stopped at 2009 S. Promenade Blvd. at a dispatcher's direction so police officers could render aid to the wounded juvenile, according to the affidavit.

The juvenile had a gunshot wound to his left arm and a bullet fragment went into his torso, stopping at his ribs just short of his lung, the affidavit states.

Police also obtained video of Rascon-Montanez and Morales leaving a residence before and after the shooting, according to court documents.

Detectives were told Rascon-Montanez advertises drugs on his Snapchat, according to the affidavit.

Rascon-Montanez was identified in a photo lineup as one of the suspects involved in the shooting, the affidavit states.

Police found 11 shell casings at the training center, according to the affidavit.

Police obtained surveillance video from the Rogers Fire Department.

The affidavit claims a male with dark black hair and a goatee leaned out the passenger side window holding a handgun while the Tacoma was exiting the complex. The suspect can be seen firing repeatedly at the front and side of the Tacoma with the four juveniles inside, according to the affidavit.

Police compared photos of the shooter with Montanez's driver's license photo.

Police found numerous bullet holes and bullet fragments in the Tacoma, according to the affidavit.

Police obtained a warrant and searched Rascon-Montanez's home and found a box of 9mm ammunition in his bedroom with 32 rounds missing, according to the affidavit.

Morales and Rascon-Montanez were ordered by the judge not to have any contact with the three 17-year-old juveniles and the 16-year-old.

The arraignments for Morales and Rascon-Montanez are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Dec. 18.

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