78-year-old Uken Cummings Murdered During Carjacking Where He Was Shot 3 Times and Ran Over Twice
On January 30th, 2022, 19-year-old Javonne White and 25-year-old Jasmine Munro murdered 78-year-old Uken Cummings in broad daylight during a carjacking at a CVS pharmacy parking lot in Orlando, Florida. After working for the New York Hospital System as a security guard for over 40 years, Uken Cummings decided to spend his retirement in Florida. After picking up a prescription at a local CVS pharmacy, Uken, who regularly carried a 9mm semi-automatic handgun, was gunned down before being run over twice with his own vehicle.
Javonne White and Jasmine Munro were a couple who had no prior adult criminal history aside from one civil traffic violation (ran a red light) the year before the shooting. This said, Munro and a cousin of White’s were suspects in “smash and grab” car burglaries since the month prior to the shooting. Regardless, both perpetrators have been charged with first-degree murder as well as carjacking with a firearm because of their brutal and senseless crime.
Timeline of Events
- January 22nd, 2022 – Munro leases a blue Honda Civic through a 3rd party vender who required a high-resolution photo of her and her license. Additionally, she communicated with them through her cellphone.
- January 24th, 2022 – Munro’s vehicle is connected to a crime spree where 14 vehicles were burglarized via a “smash and grab” modus operandi. She is listed as a suspect.
- January 29th, 2022 – In the early morning hours more than 20 “smash and grab” vehicle burglaries are reported. A helicopter tracks the suspects to a known property crimes suspect who was White’s cousin. The blue Honda Civic, registered to Munro, goes to her residence at The Park at Highgate Apartments and is seized. During a later search of the vehicle, White’s debit cards were found as well as shorts. When the shorts were lifted, a live cartridge fell from them. It had a green tip and “PSD 21” identifying them as SS109 NATO penetrator ammunition.
- January 29th, 2022 – AirPods stolen during “smash and grab” car burglaries on the 24th are documented near Munro’s apartment through Find my iPhone.
- January 30th, 2022, at 2:17 P.M. – Munro and White leave Munro’s The Park and Highgate apartment on foot.
- January 30th, 2022, at 2:27-2:40 P.M. – Munro and White are seen on surveillance cameras at a Domino’s pizza in the same plaza as CVS. They purchased food and White was wearing black athletic tights with shorts over them, a black hooded sweatshirt, a ski mask, and yellow Jordan 12 Retros, and had a distinctive backpack. Videos found on White’s TikTok showed him with these shoes in a video in December 2021. After eating they left on foot to CVS.
- January 30th, 2022, at 3:11 P.M. – CVS surveillance cameras sees White watching vehicles. Shortly after Uken Cummings pulls his 2011 Mercedes SUV into the southern parking lot where cameras do not reach.
- January 30th, 2022, at 3:13 P.M. – Uken Cummings enters the view of the surveillance camera and goes into CVS to get his prescription. White walks towards the vehicle, then returns to the sidewalk directly in front of the CVS’s entrance.
- January 30th, 2022, at 3:19 P.M. – Uken Cummings exits the store and begins walking towards his vehicle. White follows him, at one point getting ahead of him. Uken Cummings is shot 3 times.
- January 30th, 2022, at 3:20 – The Mercedes SUV leaves the scene at a high rate of speed. Witness state that they saw a woman open the driver door and get in before backing up over the Uken Cummings, then running him over a second time like she was “going over a speed bump” as they fled the scene. Tire marks and blood left on the ground verified the witness statements.
- January 30th, 2022, at 3:21 P.M. – 911 dispatchers receive multiple calls regarding a shooting as well as a man with gunshot wounds and blunt force/crush injuries laying in the CVS parking lot. Responding officers find 5 fired .223 caliber/5.56mm rifle cartridges which are often used in AR-15 pattern rifles.
- January 30th, 2022, at 3:59 P.M. – Uken Cummings is pronounced dead in a local emergency room.
- January 30th, 2022, at 4:08 P.M. – White’s cellphone record shows he was near where the Mercedes was ditched. Surveillance video shows the Mercedes in a parking lot of an apartment complex in Daytona Beach 58 miles away from the crime scene. The vehicle was left unlocked, and the hazard lights were flashing, presumably in an attempt to have it stolen. White had changed into a red hooded sweatshirt with a distinctive logo and was hiding his backpack under his sweatshirt.
- January 30th, 2022, at 4:19 P.M. – 7-11 surveillance spots Munro and White walking away from the Mercedes location up the street.
- January 30th, 2022, at 4:40 P.M. – The owner of the stolen AirPods sends a screenshot of the AirPod’s location to the detective handling the property crimes case. They were in Daytona Beach 0.5 miles or 9 minutes walking distance from where Munro and White ditched the Mercedes.
- January 30th, 2022, in the evening – White and Munro arrive back in Orlando. Social media posts are made by White’s cousin hours after the murder featuring White in the red sweatshirt and dancing with multiple AR-15s.
- January 30th, 2022 – Autopsy showed that Uken Cummings suffered from a gunshot wound to his upper left am, his left chest, and his right chest which caused fatal arterial bleeding. Two projectiles were recovered from inside of the victim. They had green tips which is a common marking designation for SS109 NATO ammunition. The victim also had significant crushing injuries that included many rib fractures, both clavicles being fractured, a vertebra was severely damaged, and both of his lungs and his aorta were reputed. The crushing injuries and the gunshot wounds would both be fatal independently.
- February 1st, 2022 – Uken Cummings’s 2011 Mercedes SUV is found.
- February 2nd, 2022, at 2:21 P.M. – Munro and White are observed by detectives on Munro’s apartment’s balcony casually interacting. They then left the apartment and got into a friend’s Nissan Altima, with White carrying the backpack with a portion of the AR-15 sticking out of the open top. The surveillance team followed the vehicle as it transported the couple to the place the Blue Honda was held at after being seized and were detained. In his backpack in back seat of the car officers found a loaded .223 caliber AR-15 pistol and loaded 9mm Taurus handgun, along with SS109 green tip NATO penetrator projectiles and .223 ammunition with a “PSD 21” headstamp. During a search warrant at Munro’s house, White’s Jordans, red sweatshirt, black ski mask, and black athletic tights were located and seized. These items matched those from before, after, and during the carjacking and murder.
Jasmine Munro’s Statement to Police
When brought in for questioning, Jasmine Munro identified herself and White as the couple seen on the surveillance footage from Domino’s Pizza. She expressed that after she went with White to the CVS, she saw White walking with the victim having a conversation. She said she was standing near the passenger side of the Mercedes SUV and saw Cummings with a gun in his hand then heard gunshots. She said that she knew that White carried an AR-15. She agreed with officers when confronted with the fact that it would be very unlikely for White to be able to draw his AR-15 from inside of his backpack then shoot 5 rounds at Uken Cummings before Cummings could fire at him with the gun already in his hand.
At first, she said that she drove the Mercedes but then changed her story and said that she never drove and was only ever in the front passenger seat of the vehicle. Even though she lived a two-minute walk from the scene of the murder and carjacking, she admitted that she got into the vehicle with White and went to Daytona beach. She said that after they ditched the Mercedes, they were picked up by friends and brought White’s cousin’s house. She acknowledged that White was wearing the distinctive red and white hooded sweatshirt in an attempt to change his appearance to avoid being detected. She also stated that she dumped her clothes in a dumpster to avoid getting caught with the help of someone she would not name. She said that White, too, got rid of some clothing. She denied knowing that they were going to carjack a vehicle before it happened.
Javonne White’s Statement to Police
After waiving his rights and deciding to speak to police, Javonne White was advised of potential charges against him, and the police and White engaged in a hypothetical discussion about what charges he would face if he approached someone because he liked their car. Like Munro, White admitted they were at Domino’s Pizza. White stated that when he saw Uken Cummings and liked his vehicle, he attempted to engage him in conversation, following him to his vehicle. White said he was in Cummings’s “personal space” but denied making any requests or demands for anything from the victim. According to White, Cummings pulled a handgun from his right side while partially seated in his vehicle’s driver’s seat and that the shooting was in self-defense. When the officer said the same thing to White as was said to Munro about it being unlikely he could draw his weapon and shoot 5 times before the victim fired the gun already in his hand, White said “he wasn’t fast enough”. Analysis of the Mercedes showed no indication that the victim was partially seated in his car, no blood was found in it, and two bullet holes entered the rear driver’s side door with a forward trajectory meaning they were shot from behind the vehicle.
White stated that he stole the Mercedes SUV because he panicked after the shooting because he was illegally carrying the AR-15, and that he did not intend or need to carjack Cummings because him and Munro were already waiting for the friend with the Nissan Altima to pick them up from CVS (this friend stated he did not offer a ride that day and that he was at work prior to 2 P.M. and stayed at work until 11 P.M.). White admitted to trying to change his appearance to avoid identification and that the AR-15 seized from the Nissan was the same gun that shot Cummings. Initially White tried to say that he found the other gun in the Nissan, a Taurus 9mm handgun, while walking down the road the day of the arrest. When shown social media posts from the evening of the murder where the firearm was plainly visible, White recanted this story. Throughout the questioning, White attempted to claim full responsibility to absolve Munro of any guilt.