Juvenile suspect arrested in Wardville shooting; detectives searching for second suspect

WANTED: DEVON ANDREW THOMAS (Note: this is not the juvenile who was arrested. RPSO is currently searching for Thomas, and is seeking the public's help in locating him.) Source: RPSO

WARDVILLE, La. (RPSO) - Through their continued investigation, detectives have been able to identify and arrest one of the suspects from Sunday night's attempted armed robbery of Lee Ray's in Wardville.

The suspect is a sixteen-year-old male. His mug shot and identity have not been provided because he is a juvenile.

So far, this suspect has been charged with attempted armed robbery, possession of a handgun by a juvenile, criminal conspiracy, attempted first-degree murder, and warrants for contempt of court on an aggravated burglary charge and battery on a correctional officer.

The juvenile was taken into custody on Wednesday and has been placed on lockdown at the Renaissance Home for Youth. Detectives have been working with the Rapides District Attorneys Office in taking steps to charge this juvenile as an adult. Detectives said more arrests related to this juvenile are possible.

Detectives have also obtained warrants on the suspect who is currently still being treated in the hospital. This suspect, who is listed in stable condition, will be arrested upon discharge from the hospital. His name will be released after his arrest, along with his charges.

Currently, detectives have also obtained arrest warrants for another suspect, identified as Devon Andrew Thomas. They are currently attempting to locate him.

Thomas is a 23-year-old black male. He is 5’10” tall and weighs 168 pounds. Thomas has multiple tattoos, including on his forehead and neck. Detectives said Thomas should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Thomas are asked to contact RPSO at 318-473-6700 or Crime Stoppers at 318-443-7867.

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