Flagstaff, AZ – On February 7, 2022, U.S. Marshals arrested three suspects for their involvement in a homicide that occurred in Stevens County, Washington in September of 2021. The suspects included Brenda Rasmussen, the victim's wife, and her two sons, Danny, and Andrew Jones.
"The arrest of Brenda Rasmussen and her 2 sons by Deputy U.S. Marshals assigned to the Flagstaff Office, was accomplished by support from the Stevens County (Washington) Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Marshals Service from the Eastern District of Washington," said District of Arizona U.S. Marshal David Gonzales. "The investigation in the murder of Jerry Rasmussen revealed that Mr. Rasmussen was shot once in the head prior to being buried under a shed. Brenda Rasmussen and sons Danny Jones and Andrew Jones will be extradited to the State of Washington to face charges related to their involvement in this murder."
Brenda Rasmussen initially reported the victim, Jerry Rasmussen, as a missing person to law enforcement. During an investigation by the Stevens County Sheriff's Office, a cadaver dog was brought to the family residence which alerted near a newly installed shed. On December 1, 2021, a search warrant was served at the property and upon removing the shed a decomposing body matching the victim was discovered in the concrete. All three suspects in the homicide fled Washington state, and warrants were issued charging each suspect with rendering criminal assistance under 1st degree murder.
On January 28, 2022, the U.S. Marshal Service received information that the three suspects were possibly hiding in Mohave County, AZ. Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force members conducted a rigorous investigation and surveillance attempting to locate the suspects. On February 7, 2022, with the assistance of the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force personnel served simultaneous search warrants on a place of business and a residence associated with the suspects. During the execution of the search warrants, Brenda Rasmussen, Danny Jones, and Andrew Jones were arrested.
All three suspects were subsequently booked into Mohave County Detention Center awaiting extradition.
The Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force is a U.S. Marshals Service led multi-jurisdictional fugitive apprehension unit responsible for more than 1748 arrests in the last year. The task force is comprised of 22 agencies bringing together the resources of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to locate and arrest the community’s most violent offenders and sexual predators.