Reward Offered for Tips on Pottstown Murder Suspect

POTTSTOWN PA – A $5,000 reward is being offered, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said Thursday (Sept. 8, 2022), for information leading to the arrest of 17-year-old female Jahme Barnes (at top). She is being sought on charges of third-degree murder and attempted murder in the Aug. 28 (Sunday) killing of Dakari Rome and the shooting of a 17-year-old male in Pottstown.

Barnes is described as 4-foot-7-inches tall, weighing about 115 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone who sees her is asked to call 9-1-1, and anyone with information on Barnes’ whereabouts should call Pottstown police at 610-970-6570 or the county Detective Bureau at 610-226-5553.

An accused co-defendant in the case, Kahseem Williams, was arrested Sept. 1 (Thursday) on third-degree murder and related charges.

Rome’s murder occurred at about 10 p.m., Steele said. Pottstown police were dispatched for a call of shots fired in the area of Grant Street and Union Alley, and arrived to find blood stains and several fired cartridge casings. Minutes later, two gunshot victims arrived by separate private vehicles at Pottstown Hospital. Rome was pronounced dead; the 17-year-old male was treated for a gunshot wound to his hand and was released.

An investigation by borough police and county detectives determined the two victims were “hanging out” in Rome’s Audi SUV with Barnes and Williams, as well as an unknown female. The Audi was being driven by Barnes. Investigators found that Barnes pointed a gun owned by Williams at the 17-year-old male and shot him in the hand. The bullet went through his hand and struck Rome in the chest.

The 17-year-old fled the vehicle and was shot at by Williams as he ran down Union Alley.

Anonymous text tips with information can be submitted using MontcoCrimeTips on the “STOPit!” smart device app, which can be downloaded for free from the App Store for iPhone, or Google Play for Android systems. Use code MONTCOPA to get the Montgomery County version of the app.

Photos provided by the county District Attorney’s office