Third arrest made in University Loop East shooting case, police say
$500,000 bond set for third suspect in case
JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A third suspect is now in custody and facing several charges in connection with a shooting earlier this month that injured a person.
Demetrius Leander Lauderdale, 20, Lepanto was arrested April 21 after an investigation into the shooting at an apartment complex on University Loop East.
The victim told police that the shooting happened due to a marijuana deal that had gone bad.
According to a probable cause affidavit, University Police were able to develop Lauderdale as a suspect in the case and that police interviewed the victim and the other suspects.
“It was determined through interviews with the victim and suspects that Lauderdale possessed a firearm and acted both directly and in concert in these offenses,” the affidavit noted.
Xzavier D’Shaun Reed, 21, and Quincrius Navon Bettes, 20, both of Jonesboro were arrested April 15 after an investigation into the April 7 shooting in the 1200 block of University Loop East.
The shooting incident led to a campus wide lockdown at A-State, officials said at the time.
According to a probable cause affidavit, officers got a call around 11:55 p.m. April 7 after getting a call about shots being heard in the area.
Officers found the victim, who was shot in the leg.
“The victim advised officers that the shooting occurred over a marijuana deal that had gone bad. The victim advised when he was returning to his apartment, two subjects were exiting that he did not know,” the affidavit noted.
The victim then yelled at the men, who took off running.
“One of the subjects jumped from the second story balcony, breaking his leg. The victim stated that he went down to check on the subject that jumped and a second subject pointed a gun at him and told him to get back as they attempted to flee the area. Once they turned away from the victim, he ran after them and tackled them. An altercation ensued during which the victim was shot in the leg by one of the subjects,” University Police said in the affidavit.
The suspects then left in a tan Jeep Patriot.
However, Jonesboro E-911 got another call from Bettes, needing an ambulance at a nearby apartment complex.
Bettes was taken to a local hospital, where he told police he had jumped from the second story balcony, police said.
University police also reviewed security footage and spoke with the victim again.
The security footage showed Reed, Bettes and a third person around 11:55 p.m. April 6, walking to the victim’s apartment and leaving a short time later, police said.
The three people were also seen in the area around 12:30 a.m. April 8, police said.
“During an interview with the victim, he advised me that during that incident, he heard a knock on his door, when he opened the door, the subjects pointed a handgun at him so he slammed the door at which time the subjects fled the area,” the affidavit noted.
Reed was arrested on suspicion of aggravated robbery-criminal attempt, aggravated assault, aggravated residential burglary and battery-1st degree, while Bettes was arrested on suspicion of aggravated residential burglary, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by certain persons and handguns-possession by minor or possession on school property.
A $1 million bond was set for Reed and a $500,000 bond was set for Bettes.
Lauderdale was arrested on suspicion of aggravated residential burglary, aggravated assault, possession of firearm by certain persons-handgun possession by minor on school property and criminal attempt-aggravated robbery.
A $500,000 bond was set for Lauderdale, who will be arraigned May 29 in circuit court.
Earlier this week, investigators discovered that there had been a possible second incident that led to the shooting.
“University Police has recently learned of an earlier aggravated assault incident allegedly involving the same parties at the same address of 1203 University Loop East,” according to a Wednesday news release from Arkansas State University. “This incident also occurred on April 7, 2020, although during the early morning hours, roughly 23 hours prior to the original event.”
University police said Wednesday that both incidents were under investigation.
The campus was placed on locked down just before 12:30 a.m. April 8 after a student was shot in the leg in the parking lot of Red Wolf Den apartments.
The student, who has not been identified, was taken to a local hospital for treatment of a non-life-threatening wound.
Chancellor Kelly Damphousse told our reporter that approximately 700 students are scattered across campus and that is why they asked all students to shelter in place.
Less than 5 hours later, after police scoured the area searching for the suspect, A-State lifted the lockdown.
The University Police Department did review security video and asked Arkansas State Police to assist in the investigation.
Anyone with information on the shooting investigation can call University Police at 870-972-2093.
Region 8 News will continue to track this story and update it as new information becomes available.
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