On Friday afternoon, the Kansas Fugitive Apprehension Task Force (KFATF), Kansas City Division, arrested Bryant Lamont Smith, 33, in Parsons.
The arrest was made about 2:30 p.m. Friday at Bordertown, 29th and Main. Parsons police blocked traffic in the area. The Kansas Highway Patrol and the Labette County Sheriff’s Office assisted as well.
Smith was wanted from Jefferson County, Arkansas, for capital murder, terroristic act, unlawful discharge of a firearm into a vehicle and possession of a firearm by certain persons. This case was adopted by the U.S. Marshals Service Eastern Arkansas Fugitive Task Force.
The Marshals Service received information that Smith was possibly hiding out in Parsons. A request for assistance was sent from Arkansas to KFATF. With the assistance of the Kansas Highway Patrol, Parsons Police Department and the Labette County Sheriff’s Office, Smith was taken into custody as a passenger in a vehicle, a white sport utility vehicle with a Crawford County tag that was stopped at a gas pump. Smith was transported to the Labette County Jail awaiting extradition to Arkansas.
“Successfully working with local agencies is paramount for our continued success in apprehending violent fugitives,” said Ronald Miller, U.S. Marshal for the District of Kansas.
“We appreciate the hard work and inter-agency cooperation of the U.S. Marshals Service, KHP and our sheriff’s office,” said Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks. “Another felon has been removed from the street of Parsons.”
According to Deputy Chief Dennis Dodd, “We always appreciate our partnering law enforcement agencies to bare additional resources to crush crime in our community.”
The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force is a multi-jurisdictional fugitive task force comprised of the United States Marshals Service, Topeka Police Department, Kansas Department of Corrections, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Department.
Smith and Hekeryin Cain, 23, both of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, are suspects in two fatal shootings in Pine Bluff in Jefferson County, Arkansas, on Sept. 3.
Pine Bluff, Arkansas, police suspect Smith’s involvement in the shooting deaths of Kavon Mitchell, 20, and Emonya Moten, 17, both of Pine Bluff.
Moten was shot and killed about 4:40 p.m. Sept. 3 near West 17th Avenue and South Elm Street. Mitchell was shot and wounded about a half hour later 2 miles away in front of his home at 25 Needles Drive. He died at Jefferson Regional Medical Center while undergoing treatment, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Another man, Cedric LaPoole, 23, of Pine Bluff, was wounded in the same shooting that killed Moten. Police said LaPoole was treated at Jefferson Regional Medical Center and released, the Democrat-Gazette reported.
Cain, 23, was arrested Sept. 6 by detectives and ordered held without bail after a probable cause hearing in front of District Judge John Kearney on Sept. 8. Cain, who is being held on suspicion of capital murder in the Mitchell homicide, is also considered a suspect in the Moten killing, Police Chief Kelvin Sergeant told the Democrat-Gazette.
According to a probable cause affidavit, police responded to a shooting at 25 Needles Drive and found Mitchell on the ground, bleeding and unconscious with gunshot wounds in his upper and lower body. A witness told investigators that Mitchell was sitting on his front porch when he was shot, the affidavit said.
According to the affidavit, a security camera in the vicinity recorded the shooting. The camera video showed two vehicles, a blue Chevrolet Impala with a spare tire mounted on the front passenger side and a dent in the passenger side and a Chevrolet Malibu pull up in front of the residence with the Malibu in the lead. The affidavit said the Impala rear-ended the Malibu when the two cars pulled up and that “a couple of people” began shooting at Mitchell from both cars, the Democrat-Gazette reported.
“You can see in the video the victim run around his residence then collapse in the yard,” the affidavit said, at which time both vehicles sped off to the west on South Richard Street.
The Impala was later found in front of a house in the 3400 block of Lilac Street, according to the affidavit.
According to the affidavit, Cain during questioning denied involvement in the shooting and told police that he had never driven the blue Impala.
The owner of the Impala told police, according to the affidavit, that she let Cain use the car from 4 p.m. until he returned it an hour later with front end damaged. The affidavit noted that the shootings at 1704 S. Elm St. and 25 Needles Drive both occurred within the time frame that the vehicle’s owner told police Cain was using the vehicle, the Democrat-Gazette reported.
The vehicle’s owner, when shown video from the crime scene, identified the Impala as hers by the spare tire in the front passenger wheel well and the dent in the passenger door, the affidavit said.
Police believe that Smith was in the Malibu and that he was one of the “couple of people” who were shooting.
According to Lt. Cassandra Briggs, witnesses placed Smith and Cain at both scenes that day.
“We’re still in the early stages, but when it comes to Bryant Smith, he has been identified as one of the suspects,” Briggs told the Democrat-Gazette. “In both of the homicides. Mr. Cain was also identified by witnesses at both scenes as well.”