Metro-East News

Man whose body was pulled from river was potential witness in attempted murder case

Ashton Robinson
Ashton Robinson

An Alton man whose body police pulled from the Mississippi River on Monday was a potential witness in an attempted first-degree murder case, the Alton Telegraph reported.

Police said Ashton A. Robinson, 26, jumped into the river sometime early Monday morning. Robinson was facing an obstruction of justice charge that alleged he hid to prevent Jomar Warr’s prosecution, the Telegraph reported.

Warr was charged in July with the shooting of four people at the Oakwood Estates Housing Complex in Alton. None of the people shot died. Warr was charged with four counts of attempted murder, four counts of aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated discharge of a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

Warr, Robinson and Elizabeth Martinez were arrested in Florida a little more than a week after the shooting. Police tracked the trio to Florida by the airport rental car they drove. Robinson and Martinez were both charged with obstructing justice/destroying evidence.