JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A man suspected in a deadly New Year’s night shooting at a Jonesboro hotel is in police custody.
Online records from the Craighead County Detention Center show that Laquinton Lauderdale, 22, of Jonesboro was booked in at 2 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13.
Jonesboro police arrested him in Crittenden County early Monday morning with the help of the U.S. Marshals East Arkansas Fugitive Task Force, Arkansas State Police, and the Crittenden County Sheriff’s Office.
Jonesboro police had been searching for Lauderdale since the Jan. 1 shooting death of Tiquan Wilson at the Haven Hotel, 3006 S. Caraway.
A probable cause affidavit states that police responded to the Haven Hotel on New Year’s Day for gunshots.
When they arrived, police were directed to Room 108 where they found Wilson unresponsive with what appeared to be gunshot wounds to his body.
Wilson was taken to a Jonesboro hospital where he later died.
At the time, no witnesses were present, but on Jan. 2, a witness came forward and said they were in the room when the shooting happened.
“The witness stated that Wilson and Laquinton Lauderdale were in a face to face confrontation and a gun was produced,” the affidavit stated.
The witness then said shots were fired from two separate guns and Lauderdale ran out of the room. The witness also said that Wilson was laying on the floor and not moving.
The affidavit said that Lauderdale was taken to a Jonesboro hospital by a private party with an apparent gunshot wound to the left wrist and arm.
“Lauderdale told officers he was shot at the Gates which is in the north section of Jonesboro,” the affidavit stated. “He said he did not know anything about the shooting at the hotel.”
Lauderdale was later identified as the shooter at the hotel by hotel personnel and the eye witness.
Lauderdale appear in Jonesboro District Court Monday, Jan. 13 where a judge found probable cause to charge him with first-degree murder. His bond was set at $1 million cash only.
He will appear in court again on Feb. 28.
Before the shooting, Jonesboro police told Region 8 News they had fielded nearly 60 complaint calls since last February at the hotel.
Several of the calls dealt with drugs like meth, cocaine and drug paraphernalia; while other calls involved breaking or entering, criminal mischief, theft, and commercial burglary.