FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.
Operation Commander/Public Information Officer
UPDATE: FUGITIVE TASK FORCE, JEFF CO. SHERIFF’S OFFICE APPREHEND SUSPECT IN DOUBLE HOMICIDE: Jefferson County, Arkansas - June 27, 2018 – A man sought by Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Investigators in the murder of two Little Rock men on June 23, 2018 along Highway 15 North in Tucker, AR has been taken into custody in Pine Bluff.
U.S. Marshals-led Fugitive Task Force along with Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division and Tri-County Drug Task Force Investigators converged on a residence located within the 700 block of E. 27th Avenue in Pine Bluff just after ten o’clock.
27-year-old Joshua Lasley was located at the residence and arrested without incident. Lasley is accused in the shooting deaths of Rodney Scaife, 34 and Trevarland Smith, 34 of Little Rock, AR. The shooting occurred just after 9:00 p.m. on June 23, 2018. Deputies were dispatched to the report of a shooting along Highway 15 North in Tucker, just 30 miles southeast of Little Rock. When deputies and investigators arrived, they found Scaife behind the driver’s wheel and unresponsive. Sciafe had suffered from an apparent gunshot and died on scene.
Deputies and investigators also found Smith at the scene. Smith had also been shot and was transported by ambulance to the Jefferson County Regional Medical Center, but died while in transit.
Lasley was identified by witnesses as the shooting suspect but fled from the scene immediately following the shooting. He managed to evade authorities until his capture late this evening when U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and sheriff’s investigators conducted surveillance on several known associates of Lasley.
“Lasley’s arrest comes as a direct result of another collaborative effort between partnering law enforcement agencies who are all invested in this community and ensuring that those accused of committing crimes are apprehended and brought to justice,” said Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Operations Commander, Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.
Lasley is currently being held without bond at the W.C. “Dub” Brassell Adult Detention Center on felony probable cause for two counts of murder. Lasley will likely appear before a judge for a first appearance and arraignment hearing on June 28, 2018.
Joshua LASLEY, 27