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U.S. Marshals track down Petersburg murder suspect in Louisiana

Posted at 12:38 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 17:10:28-04

PETERSBURG, Va. -- A man wanted for murder in the City of Petersburg was captured earlier this month, in a city some 1,100 miles away.

Our CBS affiliate in Alexandria, Louisiana, reports that Dejuan Latel Roy was apprehended by U.S. Marshals in the town of Leesville on April 2.

No details have been released about how Roy got to Louisiana, or how he was arrested, but a spokesperson for the Marshals says he surrendered peacefully.

Petersburg Police say the 30-year-old is a suspect in a double shooting that happened during the early morning hours of March 27, near the intersection of Battersea Lane and West Washington Street.

Sources say an assault rifle was used. One of the victims died.

This is not Roy's first run-in with the law. Online court records show that he has an extensive criminal history.

In 2018, CBS 6 reported that Roy had been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in connection with a deadly shooting that took place in April of that year at the Pin Oaks apartment complex.

The Petersburg court database shows that charge was dismissed the following September.

Roy was transported back to Virginia last week, and is currently in custody at the Riverside Regional Jail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for August.