AUSTIN (KXAN) — U.S. Marshals arrested a 21-year-old man connected to a deadly shooting near a downtown Austin hookah lounge over Halloween weekend.
Ja Vaughn Katrell Clarke was arrested by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force on Nov. 4, U.S. Marshals announced.
U.S. Marshals said the Austin Police Department asked for their help to find and arrest Clarke. The task force conducted an investigation and learned Clarke was known to live in the north Austin area.
On Nov. 4, the task force got information that Clarke was possibly in an apartment complex in the 13000 block of Dessau Road. The task force surrounded Clarke, who was inside an apartment, and he was arrested without incident, according to U.S. Marshals.
Clarke was taken to APD. He will be transferred to the Travis County Jail and await judicial proceedings there.
What happened during the shooting
APD said officers found Demetrius James Lee Jones, 22, in the street with gunshot wounds in the 600 block of East Seventh St., which is near Red River Street, around 4:53 a.m. Oct. 30.
According to a report, officers performed life-saving measures, but Jones died at the scene.
APD said during the investigation, detectives learned Jones and another man, Ja Vaughn Katrell Clarke, were in an argument. Police said Clarke shot Jones in the back as he tried to leave and then left the area after the shooting.
An affidavit said Jones was with a friend at the time of the shooting who returned fire at Clarke before trying to help Jones. The affidavit said the friend stayed with Jones until police arrived and provided a witness interview to investigators.
APD said a person of interest was identified, and an arrest warrant for first-degree murder was later issued for Clarke.
According to Clarke’s arrest warrant, he was identified through HALO camera footage, social media pages and previous police body camera footage.
The affidavit said Clarke posted content on social media that placed him at the hookah lounge shortly before the shooting, and the suspect in the HALO footage matched the clothing he was wearing in the video from the lounge.
Anyone with details or video of the incident is asked to call APD Homicide at (512) 974-TIPS, the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (512) 472-8477, use the new Crime Stoppers App or email APD Homicide at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This case is being investigated as Austin’s 59th homicide of the year.