LaGrange police made a second arrest in the Nov. 14 homicide case of a Shell Food Mart clerk.
Rodrea Harris, 37, of LaGrange was arrested Tuesday and charged as a party to the crime of armed robbery, aggravated assault and murder, police said. His arrest stems from the Nov. 14 slaying of Joseph Boison, 55, who was shot in the chest while the gas station where he worked was robbed of its cash register and lottery tickets.
Authorities allege that Harris helped plan the armed robbery with Christopher Caruso, 18. Caruso was arrested Nov. 14 and charged with murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
Police responded to the 505 Vernon Road gas station at 12:38 a.m. Nov. 14. They found Boison on the floor inside the store, and he was pronounced dead less than an hour later, police said.
Officers got a description of the suspect, his vehicle and license plate number. The car was found on Alford Street, and Caruso was found hiding behind a Ridge Street home, police said.
Harris was arrested around 11 a.m. Tuesday on Hamilton Road in LaGrange on a warrant for entering an auto, reports state. After searching his vehicle, stolen property was found that came from a Nov. 4 offense that police say he and Caruso committed.
Harris and Caruso are close friends, and the investigation revealed that Harris helped Caruso plan and assisted him with the Shell Mart robbery, police said.