A man sought by Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office investigators in the murder of two Little Rock men on June 23 along Highway 15 North in Tucker has been taken into custody in Pine Bluff, according to a sheriff's office news release issued late Wednesday night.
A U.S. Marshals-led Fugitive Task Force, along with Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division officials and Tri-County Drug Task Force Investigators, converged on a residence located within the 700 block of E. 27th Avenue in Pine Bluff just after 10 p.m. Wednesday and arrested 27-year-old Joshua Lasley without incident, the news release said.
Lasley is accused in the shooting deaths of Rodney Scaife, 34, and Trevarland Smith, 34, of Little Rock.
Lasley is currently being held without bond at the W.C. “Dub” Brassell Adult Detention Center on felony probable cause for two counts of murder. He will likely appear before a judge for a first appearance and arraignment hearing today, the news release said.
The shooting occurred just after 9 p.m. on June 23. Deputies were dispatched to the report of a shooting along Highway 15 North in Tucker and found Scaife behind the driver’s wheel unresponsive. Sciafe had suffered from an apparent gunshot and died on scene, the news release said.
Deputies and investigators then located Smith, who had also been shot, at the scene. He was transported by ambulance to the Jefferson County Regional Medical Center but died while in transit.
The news release said that Lasley was identified by witnesses as the shooting suspect but fled from the scene immediately following the incident.
"He managed to evade authorities until his capture late this evening, when U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and sheriff’s investigators conducted surveillance on several known associates of Lasley," according to the news release.
“Lasley’s arrest comes as a direct result of another collaborative effort between partnering law enforcement agencies who are all invested in this community and ensuring that those accused of committing crimes are apprehended and brought to justice,” said Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Operations Commander Major Lafayette Woods Jr.
Meanwhile, a Pine Bluff woman is behind bars after she admitted to lying about Lasley's whereabouts during questioning.
Depresha Moten, 36, admitted that she knew where Lasley was when she was questioned by sheriff’s investigators last Friday but didn’t say so.
Sheriff’s Investigator Sgt. Terry Wingard said in a probable cause affidavit that investigators learned that Lasley’s house at Altheimer had burned and that he had been staying at a house in the 1200 block of East 46th Avenue in Pine Bluff.
When investigators went to the house, they met with Moten, who said she was aware of the incident near Tucker but said she had not had any contact with Lasley since about 8 p.m. June 22.
She also gave investigators permission to search her residence, but Lasley was not located.
Several hours after the initial search, investigators went back to the house for a second search, which was also unsuccessful.
Wingard reported that on Monday, investigators received information that Moten and a second person had been in Altheimer on June 22 and had picked up Lasley after 8 p.m. and drove him to Pine Bluff, then took him to her house. She then called a second person to pick up Lasley from the house.
When she was interviewed again, Moten said Lasley had called her after 1 a.m. the night of the shooting to tell her he was at a Pine Bluff motel on Dollarway Road.
On Wednesday, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $5,000 bond for Moten after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge her with hindering apprehension.