Woman jailed for allegedly helping homicide suspect flee
After Rashawn Jeffrey Williams fatally shot another man in the 400 block of West Fourth Street during the early-morning hours of June 1, his girlfriend, Erica Nicole Lambert, drove him to Virginia in her car, city police alleged in court papers.
The 28-year-old woman was taken into custody near Little League Boulevard and Hepburn Street in the city on Monday night on charges of hindering apprehension, false reports to law enforcement and tampering with evidence.
Three days after fleeing the state with Williams, Lambert filed a false theft report with police, claiming that Williams stole her car on the morning of the shooting.
“Lambert knowingly transported Williams in her car from Williamsport to Danville, Virginia, to assist him in fleeing the state after the killing of Aaron Coty Lowry,” Agent Kevin Stiles said in an affidavit.
Investigators allege that Williams, 32, of Philadelphia, shot and killed Lowry, 30, of Maxton, North Carolina, outside the Lamphouse Hookah Lounge at 2:40 a.m.
The shooting was the result of an incident that started inside the business and spilled out into the street, police said. Williams and a friend, Sheriah Worthy, and Lowry had all been inside the business just minutes before the shooting, police said.
It appears that Williams was upset with Worthy for talking with Lowry, police said.
Shortly after the shooting, Williams and Lambert fled to Virginia.
A little more than three hours after the shooting, store video at Sheetz in Selinsgrove recorded Lambert at the business with Williams, Stiles said. Lambert was in the driver’s seat of her Buick LaCrosse while Williams was in the front passenger seat, Stiles said.
Virginia police found Lambert’s car abandon a day after the shooting, Stiles said.
In addition to filing a false theft report, Lambert is alleged to have deleted from her cellphone contact information for Williams, including his cellphone number, Stiles alleged.
Police did not say how Williams got to High Point, North Carolina, where he was taken into custody on homicide-related charges on June 6. He is awaiting extradition.
Following her arraignment before District Judge Allen P. Page III, Lambert, of 2100 Lincoln Drive, was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $200,000 bail.