Man accused of killing Belton 3-year-old had violent past & possible gang affiliation in Fort Worth

Jay Isaiah Allen
Posted at 3:42 PM, Oct 25, 2022
and last updated 2022-10-26 00:03:32-04

Documents obtained by 25 News In-Depth team show that Saturday's murder of 3-year-old Quintavious Trejo was not the first violent crime for Jay Allen, 33.



In the affidavit's timeline of events, Belton police explain an officer met with three women on the scene who said they were relatives of the victim.

All of them shared a similar story, that Jay Allen made calls Friday night before about how he "messed up badly."

Family members claimed Allen took them to the child's body on Saturday and then drove off in their car as they alerted police. When police arrested Allen in Hill County on Saturday evening, investigators said he claimed to hit the victim in the chest the night before.

Around 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. he said the child stopped breathing. Allen claims he attempted CPR, called family and tried 'running for help', carrying the child.

But investigators said Allen's version of the story didn't match with how the victim's body was found.

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An arrest warrant out of Tarrant County for Capital Murder from April 22, 2008, paints a picture of gang affiliation after a robbery and the shooting of a hotel clerk.

Michael Myers was shot in the neck and torso and was left to die in the Fort Worth motel according to the arrest warrant.

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After a video aired on local news showing Jay Allen and Malcolm Strickland, 18, walking into the hotel a lady called the police and said that Allen had been bragging about the shooting.

The caller said that during her conversation with Jay Allen he told her that Jay had taken $183.00 during the robbery and shooting of the decedent. The caller also stated that both the suspects were possibly members of the criminal street gang "Crips".
Tarrant County Arrest Warrant

"When the news came back on Jay Allen asked everyone in the apartment to be quiet so that he could see," according to the arrest warrant. "After seeing the broadcast about the robbery and murder Jay Allen got on his cell phone and made a call Ms. Bradley overheard Jay Allen tell somebody that they had just shown 'it' on the news and told whoever was on the line not to go to his mother's house but to go to his baby's momma's house."

The person with Allen after watching the news told him they didn't have to kill the clerk after finding out Myers didn't have a gun. According to Allen, his girlfriend kicked him out and that's why he did the robbery.

Malcolm Strickland was sentenced to life without parole for the Capitol murder charge and Allen's charges were dropped to "conspiracy to commit", a second-degree felony, and aggravated robbery. Allen pleaded guilty to the charges in March 2010 and was sentenced to six years in prison.

He then got out of prison and commit other violent crimes.

In 2015, the 33-year-old was arrested again in Tarrant County for burglary of a habitation. Just 15 days later, the record shows another arrest for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, for which he was later found guilty.

On March 1, 2016, Allen was arrested on felony charges out of Tarrant County for injury to a child/elderly/disabled reckless.

He was found guilty and sentenced to merely six months in prison.

In June 2021, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles released Allen from prison, while he was serving time for the weapons charge.

On Tuesday Allen was booked into Bell County Jail under a total bond amount of $2,805,000. His charges include capital murder of a person under ten years of age, assault causes bodily injury to a family member, and tampering or fabrication of physical evidence with intent to impair.