Columbus police have arrested two murder suspects and issued warrants for three others linked to the death of 31-year-old Deonn Carter, an autistic man who died 11 days after being shot in an armed robbery attempt.
All five suspects were identified as Tauron Stepney, 18, Quamaine Thomas, 18, Dequoyae Waldon, 22, Tyquez D. Davis, 18, and Travarus Thomas, 20. Travarus Thomas and Davis are in custody on murder charges, but officials are still searching for the others, Columbus Police Maj. Gil Slouchick said Friday morning.
Officials said the wanted suspects should be considered armed and dangerous.
The preliminary hearing for Davis and Travarus Thomas is set for 9 a.m. Thursday in Columbus Recorder’s Court.
Emergency service personnel responded to shooting that occurred around 9:28 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Parkside at Britt David apartment complex at 5443 Armour Road. They were shocked to learn that Carter, who had been shot in the leg, was the victim.
As a bagger and stocker at the Piggly Wiggly on River Road, Carter developed a special bond with firefighters and police officers who shop there regularly.
“When you go in there, he knows everybody in the fire department. He knows your rank. He knows what station you’re at. He knows what squad you work on,” said Sgt. Richard Barfield, who works at Fire Station 6 on Brown Avenue. “He’s the same way with the police department. He knows everybody.”
Carter was transported to Midtown Medical Center, where he was initially listed in stable condition. At 11:41 a.m. Aug. 20, the 31-year-old man was pronounced dead of a pulmonary embolism in the intensive care unit.
His body was sent to the state crime lab in Decatur for an autopsy.
Anyone with information concerning the case or the three wanted men are urged to call Detective Darrell Middle Brooks with the Robbery/Assault Division at 334-653-3400 or 911.