LINCOLN, Neb. -- The US Marshals Metro Fugitive Task Force (MFTF) announced it has arrested 24-year-old Jason Robert Jackson, based on his federal arrest warrant for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine just before midnight on Saturday.
Jackson was arrested at a residence in the 2500 block of N street in Lincoln. 10/11 News spoke with people who live in the Capitol City Villa apartment complex Sunday afternoon. People said they were woken up just after midnight by a loud crash and screaming.
Susie Wilson was smoking on her balcony on Saturday evening when police surrounded her apartment complex on all sides.
Wilson said, " I walked out on the balcony at 11:30 and heard a noise and walked over and leaned over the balcony and heard someone ask me if I'd seen a man in a black hoodie running by."
Wilson told police she hadn't seen the man police were looking for: Jason Jackson, a wanted fugitive.
But it wasn't long before Wilson was able to put it together that police thought this fugitive was in her very own building.
Wilson said, "They said 'he's still in there' and got excited and one ran to one door and another."
Carrie Cooper lives right next door and saw everything unfold as police arrested Jason Jackson.
Cooper said, "It was just nuts, they started pounding on the doors trying to get the doors open and they started pounding, got it open finally, and he was out on the floor right in front of us. He was just still like standing there, like, 'oh my gosh they actually caught me.'"
Members of the Metro Fugitive Task Force and state troopers arrested Jackson on the third floor of the apartment complex.
Will Iverson, a Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal, told 10/11 a MFTF member spotted Jackson outside on a 5th floor balcony. Shortly after Iverson said Jackson then began jumping from balcony to balcony, almost like "Spiderman" eventually ending up on a third floor balcony.
10/11 News spoke with the man whose balcony Jackson landed on. He wished to remain anonymous, but said he was inside his apartment, when Jackson busted through the door. Out of shock and terror, the man said he ran into the hallway and alerted the MFTF who were about to leave the third floor.
The man said Jackson was locked in his apartment for 10 minutes, until he came out. Iverson said Jackson was arrested without incident.
Cooper and other neighbors said they were well aware a federal fugitive was wanted and possibly in Lincoln, but they never thought for a second Jackson was hiding out in the apartment complex they live in.
While people are glad the hunt for Jackson is over, many of them are still traumatized and trying to make sense of it all.
"This is a safe neighborhood and nothing has ever happened like this, ever, nothing nothing like this, " said Cooper.
And Wilson agreed, saying, "It's kinda scary it happened so close to where I live."
Another Lincoln man, 28-year-old Aaron James Jackson was arrested for harboring a fugitive. The complaint alleges Aaron Jackson was aware that a federal warrant had been issued for his brother, Jason Robert Jackson, for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. During that time, Aaron Jackson helped his brother evade the Metropolitan Fugitive Task Force’s efforts to locate him. Aaron Jackson had his first court appearance on April 4, 2014, and he was detained. Aaron Jackson faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
This case was investigated by the Metro Fugitive Task Force, including officers and agents of the United States Marshals Service, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department, and the Lincoln Police Department.
Authorities say a woman was also arrested for an outstanding warrant, but it had nothing to do with Jackson and his arrest.