HARRISBURG — A man previously suspected of a January 2020 murder in Jonesboro was apprehended Wednesday night following a Poinsett County police chase, authorities say.
The Poinsett County Sheriff’s Office received a Be on the Look Out alert for the Dodge Charger that Laquinton Lauderdale was driving, Chief Deputy Jeremy Lally said. He said a deputy sat near the Payneway exit on Interstate 555 and saw the vehicle a short time later.
Lauderdale, 24, of Jonesboro, was wanted on a warrant issued by the U.S. Marshals Service, Lally said. Jonesboro Police Department public information specialist Sally Smith said Lauderdale is also sought for failing to appear in Craighead County District Court.
“He then got out behind the vehicle and initiated his lights in which (Lauderdale) failed to pull over,” Lally said. “Then the deputy got in just a short pursuit with him and then Marked Tree Police Department deployed spike strips and got two of his tires. About a mile later, he pulled over and he was detained without incident.”
The smell of marijuana prompted a search of the vehicle and a deputy seized one gram of marijuana, according to the incident report.
Formerly of Turrell, Lauderdale was charged in June 2019 with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Federal prosecutors allege that with five others Lauderdale “intentionally conspired with each other … to knowingly and intentionally distribute and possess with intent to distribute less than 50 kilograms of marijuana” from August 2017 to April 2019.
He was released from pretrial custody on his own recognizance on several conditions, which included not possessing drugs or firearms and staying away from Jonesboro, documents show. Lauderdale didn’t appear for a show-cause hearing that was set for the bond revocation in February, so an arrest warrant was issued.
In a petition to revoke his bond, prosecutors detailed failed drug tests, traffic stops and arrests. Lauderdale was suspected of the Jan. 1, 2020, homicide of Tiquan Wilson, 21, of Jonesboro.
Wilson was found in a room at the Haven Hotel, 3006 S. Caraway Road, with gunshot wounds to the back, neck and chest.
He later died at St. Bernards Medical Center. A witness told police that Lauderdale and Wilson had a “face-to-face confrontation” before a gunfight ensued.
“The prosecutor in charge (Grant DeProw) decided to not file charges” in the case, Deputy Prosecutor Charlene Henry said in a brief statement to The Sun.
The prosecutor’s office didn’t detail why the first-degree murder charge wasn’t filed against Lauderdale. Spokesman Ken Heard said the decision was made on May 11, 2020, and a letter was sent to the Arkansas Crime Information Center to reflect that.
The letter was not provided to The Sun. DeProw is no longer with the prosecutor’s office.
Lauderdale is being held in the Poinsett County Detention Center on suspicion of felony fleeing in a vehicle and possession of marijuana less than 4 ounces.