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Police take Nikko Jenkins' uncle into custody in connection with Andrea Kruger slaying

Police take Nikko Jenkins' uncle into custody in connection with Andrea Kruger slaying

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Update: A fugitive task force located and arrested Warren Levering on the Winnebago Indian Reservation.

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The uncle of alleged killer Nikko Jenkins is being sought in connection with the slaying of a 33-year-old Omaha woman, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

Authorities are looking for Warren J. Levering, 51, who is charged in a warrant with being an accessory to a felony.

What role Levering is alleged to have played in the killing of Andrea Kruger was not disclosed. Those details are part of the ongoing investigation and are confidential, said Chief Deputy Tom Wheeler.

Kruger was shot and killed Aug. 21 near 168th and Fort Streets. Authorities have charged Jenkins, 26, with first-degree murder in Kruger's death.

Jenkins is also charged in three other slayings: the Aug. 11 deaths of Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz and Juan Uribe-Pena in Spring Lake Park, and the Aug. 19 death of Curtis Bradford near 18th and Clark Streets.

Deputies have been unable to find Levering in Omaha, Wheeler said. “We don't have specific information that he has left the area,” he said.

Omaha police on Aug. 24 ticketed Warren Levering on suspicion of shoplifting 12 bottles of vodka from a Baker's Supermarket on 72nd Street and of possessing drug paraphernalia, specifically a crack pipe, according to a police report.

Levering is the seventh Jenkins family member or associate who authorities have arrested or sought to arrest since Nikko Jenkins was taken into custody. The others have been arrested on a variety of allegations.

Levering was released from prison in Oklahoma in June. He served nearly four years there for kidnapping, assault with a dangerous weapon and domestic abuse involving strangulation.

Levering spent more than six years in prison in the 1980s for burglary and an attempt to escape from custody, according to the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services website.

Anyone with information on Levering's whereabouts is asked to call the Sheriff's Office anonymous tip line at 444-6000. A cash reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to Levering's arrest.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly said Warren Levering's brother James was the late gang member Jimmy Levering.

See also: Timeline of four killings tied to Nikko Jenkins

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