Arrest made in murder of Winston-Salem teen

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Jareke Tayvon Jackson

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — An arrest has been made in the murder of a Winston-Salem teen last year, according to Chief Deputy Brad Stanley with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

Jareke Tayvon Jackson, 20, of Winston-Salem, is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

The body of 17-year-old Jessy Mendez Santiago, of Winston-Salem, was discovered off the roadway in the 2100 block of Memorial Industrial School Road in April 2015.

The Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Santiago died from a gunshot wound and the manner of death was ruled a homicide.

Jackson is confined in the Forsyth County Detention Center under no bond allowed, Stanley said on Wednesday evening.

A preliminary hearing for Jackson is scheduled for Feb. 4.

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the case and asks that anyone with information call Crimestoppers at (336) 727-2800.