Two face hindering charges in Auburn suspect search - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Two face hindering charges in Auburn suspect search

Jeremy Thomas (L) Gabriel Thomas (R) - Source: Montgomery Police Dept. Jeremy Thomas (L) Gabriel Thomas (R) - Source: Montgomery Police Dept.
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

A second person is under arrest in connection to the suspect wanted in the weekend's triple homicide in Auburn and the wounding of three others.

Jeremy Thomas, 18, was arrested and charged with hindering prosecution as authorities search for Desmonte Leonard. Thomas was taken into custody Monday around lunchtime. Auburn Police Chief Tommy Dawson says Thomas is one of the two men who left the scene of the shooting with Leonard.

Thomas isn't a stranger to law enforcement. WSFA 12 News reported in June 2011 that he was arrested and charged in a 14-year-old girl's homicide. A check with court records shows that a grand jury later chose to indict Thomas on manslaughter charges. His trial is set for June 18, 2012. 

Leonard, 22, who is considered armed and dangerous, is wanted on three capital murder warrants following the June 9 shooting deaths in Auburn

The 18-year-old is being held in Montgomery, but will be transported to the Lee County Detention Facility at some future point. 

The first arrest happened late Sunday evening when the Montgomery Police Department, in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals Service and Auburn Police Department, arrested a 41-year-old Montgomery man for allegedly providing false information to law enforcement officers searching for Leonard.

Gabriel Thomas of Grovewood Drive was charged with one count of first-degree hindering prosecution late Sunday night. It wasn't immediately known what, if any, relation the two Thomas men have to each other.

The 41-year-old Thomas was arrested on a warrant signed by the Marshals Service.

Thomas was charged after investigators determined he'd made contact with Leonard and provided misleading information in the search for the Auburn shooting suspect..

He was transported to the Montgomery County Detention Facility, where he was being held under a $15,000 bond. 

Law enforcement agencies are continuing to search for Leonard, who is from Montgomery. Rewards totaling $15,000 are being offered for information leading to Leonard's apprehension.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering a $10,000 reward for the apprehension and conviction of Leonard. The U.S. Marshals Service is offering a $5,000 reward for the apprehension of Leonard.  

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Desmonte Leonard is asked to call the U.S. Marshals tipline at 334-223-5400. 

INFORMATION SOURCE: Montgomery Police Dept and Auburn Police Dept.

Copyright 2012  WSFA 12 News.  All rights reserved.

Desmonte Leonard Case (SideBar)

Updated:

TrackBack: Desmonte Leonard Case More>>

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • BREAKING

    Authorities working to identify man who robbed gas station casino at gunpoint

    Authorities working to identify man who robbed gas station casino at gunpoint

    Tuesday, September 26 2017 11:19 AM EDT2017-09-26 15:19:54 GMT
    Authorities are seeking public's help identifying suspect in armed robbery in Moss Bluff. (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)Authorities are seeking public's help identifying suspect in armed robbery in Moss Bluff. (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)
    A gas station casino north of Moss Bluff was robbed at gunpoint late Sunday night. Authorities say that a man entered Buddy's Casino, at 6191 U.S. 171 North, with a handgun around 11:40 p.m. Sunday. The man forced an employee into a back room and demanded money, said Cmdr. James McGee, with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office. After stealing money, the suspect was seen on surveillance footage leaving the casino on foot, headed toward 171. The suspect is described as approximate...More >>
    A gas station casino north of Moss Bluff was robbed at gunpoint late Sunday night. Authorities say that a man entered Buddy's Casino, at 6191 U.S. 171 North, with a handgun around 11:40 p.m. Sunday. The man forced an employee into a back room and demanded money, said Cmdr. James McGee, with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office. After stealing money, the suspect was seen on surveillance footage leaving the casino on foot, headed toward 171. The suspect is described as approximate...More >>
  • Hurricane Maria’s path of destruction

    Hurricane Maria’s path of destruction

    Hurricane Maria’s path of destruction

    Tuesday, September 26 2017 10:26 AM EDT2017-09-26 14:26:34 GMT
    Hurricane MariaHurricane Maria

    As Hurricane Maria makes its final departure away from the U.S. coastline over the next couple of days, the name will be retired but the devastation left behind will last for decades, possibly even a lifetime in some of the hardest hit areas of the Caribbean. 

    More >>

    As Hurricane Maria makes its final departure away from the U.S. coastline over the next couple of days, the name will be retired but the devastation left behind will last for decades, possibly even a lifetime in some of the hardest hit areas of the Caribbean. 

    More >>
  • Calcasieu Parish Sheriff warns students about homecoming pranks

    Calcasieu Parish Sheriff warns students about homecoming pranks

    Tuesday, September 26 2017 5:14 AM EDT2017-09-26 09:14:17 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)
    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office wants to warn those thinking about homecoming pranks. Last week, on Monday CPSO, received two complaints, one on Dietrich Loop and one on Toulouse Drive, both in Lake Charles, in reference to students from a local high school causing damage to the residences. CPSO released this statement:   During the investigation, it was learned that 8 students were responsible for breaking a basketball goal and spray painting vulgar graffiti on the dri...More >>
    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office wants to warn those thinking about homecoming pranks. Last week, on Monday CPSO, received two complaints, one on Dietrich Loop and one on Toulouse Drive, both in Lake Charles, in reference to students from a local high school causing damage to the residences. CPSO released this statement:   During the investigation, it was learned that 8 students were responsible for breaking a basketball goal and spray painting vulgar graffiti on the dri...More >>
Powered by Frankly