Police: Arrest made in hookah lounge shooting
The suspect in a fatal shooting outside of the Lamphouse Hookah Lounge on West Third Street has been apprehended by U.S. Marshals in North Carolina.
Rashawn Jeffrey Williams, 32, was taken into custody Friday in High Point, a city about 90 miles west of Raleigh, by marshals and local police, according to a press release from the U.S. Marshals office.
After the June 1 shooting, city police contacted the Pennsylvania branch of the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force, who then developed information that Williams had fled to North Carolina.
He was located in High Point Friday, and attempted to evade law enforcement by jumping out of a window and fleeing on foot, according to the release.
A local police department assisting the marshals deployed a K9 unit, and Williams was arrested after a brief struggle.
Williams has been charged with criminal homicide, two counts of aggravated assault, a firearms violation, and various other offenses in the death of Aaron Coty Lowry, after Williams allegedly shot him during an altercation outside of the Lamphouse at about 2:40 Sunday morning.
Lowry was taken to the Williamsport Regional Medical Center, where he died of a single gunshot wound to the chest.
Williams will remain in North Carolina until proceedings related to his extradition to Pennsylvania are complete, according to the release.
“The coordination and cooperation demonstrated by law enforcement in this case ensured that an extremely dangerous and unpredictable murder fugitive was taken off the streets” United States Marshal Martin J. Pane said, according to the news release. “It is our top priority to arrest violent offenders, especially those who have no regard for human life. It is my hope that the victim’s family will find some measure of comfort knowing that the alleged attacker has been brought to justice.”