On Thursday night, law enforcement officers in Idaho arrested two juvenile male suspects wanted in connection with Wednesday night's homicide of 34-year-old Daniel L. Smith at the College Glen Apartments parking lot in Lacey.
The two suspects, including a 17-year-old boy accused in court records of pulling the trigger of the firearm that killed Smith, were apprehended by a Pinehurst, Idaho, police officer. The officer arrested the suspects while their vehicle was stopped at a Conoco gas station in Shoshone County, Idaho.
The Pinehurst police officer arrested the two suspects without incident about 9:30 p.m. Thursday night. A "license plate reader" confirmed that the suspects' vehicle had entered Idaho, according to a news release from Lacey police.
Lacey police could not immediately be reached for comment Friday to explain what the "license plate reader" was, or how it identified the suspects' vehicle.
Both suspects were being held Friday at the Shoshone County Detention Center in Wallace, Idaho. Lacey detectives were in Idaho Friday investigating.
The arrest of the two suspects Thursday night brings the total number of suspects arrested in connection with Smith's homicide to five.
The homicide investigation began about 5 p.m. Wednesday, when Lacey police responding to a 911 call, found Smith, 34, dead of a single gunshot in his vehicle parked at the College Glen Apartments in the 4800 block of 55th Lane SE off of College Street.
According to court papers, the group of five suspects, including three juveniles, had planned to rob Smith of his marijuana during a prearranged drug buy. One of the suspects, the 17-year-old, brought a gun, and pointed it at Smith when he refused to show them the marijuana they planned to rob, according to court papers. The suspect pulled the trigger as Smith tried to drive off, court papers state.
Two adult suspects, Eric Adamczewski, 19 and Stephen Pettit, 18, both of Lacey were in custody at the Thurston County Jail Friday, held on suspicion of first-degree murder in connection with Smith's homicide. Their bail is set at $500,000 each.
A third juvenile suspect, aged 16, additionally is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder in connection with Smith's homicide. He will appear in Thurston County Superior Court Friday afternoon because he is being tried as an adult, a prosecutor said Thursday.
The trio of suspects were arrested at a Lacey apartment complex early Thursday morning.
All five of the suspects named in court records in connection with Smith's homicide are now in custody.
According to court records, most of the suspects in Smith's homicide were wearing blue at the time of Smith's shooting and identified themselves as members of the Lacey "Crips" gang.
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