One of three men wanted in the murder of Dwayne Stephens, who was gunned down as he entered his trailer home in Prairieville last month, was arrested in Baton Rouge late Tuesday evening, said Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Lt. Col. Bobby Webre.
A Crime Stoppers tip led to the arrest of Caleb Carter, 17, at the Magnolia Trace apartments in Baton Rouge. Ascension Parish Sheriff’s detectives arrived at the scene and, after Carter was booked into East Baton Rouge Jail as a fugitive, he was taken to the Ascension Parish Jail and booked on first-degree murder, four counts of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated criminal damage to property, Webre said.
Caleb Carter is the brother of Joshua Stephens, 22, of 39150 La. 929, Prairieville, one of the other men sought in the homicide. The other man still at large is Marcus Harris, 22, of 3374 Eleanor Drive, Baton Rouge.
Joshua Stephens is the cousin of the victim. Relatives said Dwayne Stephens had acted as a father to him.
On the evening of March 24, according to Sheriff’s Office reports, three men pulled into the driveway of the trailer home of Stephens, who began walking into the home where his fiance’, their 4-year-old son and Stephens’ 14-year-old son were at the time.
One of the men in the car was armed with a firearm and another with a semi-automatic rifle, Webre said in a news release then. Dwayne Stephens was shot multiple times in the abdomen and died at a local hospital a short time later. More than 30 shots were fired into the residence, but nobody else was harmed.
Stephens’ fiance’ Tamekia Ricks, who had been reading a book in bed when the gunfire began, said she ran to the living room and shielded the children on the floor.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Joshua Stephens and Marcus Harris is asked to call the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office at (225) 621-4636, text 847411 or call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.