Baton Rouge Police on Monday arrested the man wanted for almost three months in the November shooting death of his ex-girlfriend, said police spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola Jr.

Nicholas London, 24, was arrested in the homicide of 25-year-old Dezarae Warner, Coppola said. Police apprehended London in the Gardere area. He had been wanted by police since November, when he was then labeled armed and dangerous. 

Warner, a mother of three, was found dead in the street around 1 a.m. Nov. 11 in the 2400 block of Washington Avenue. Police believe she was shot following an argument.  

Warner's family said London knocked on Warner's bedroom door in the middle of the night armed with a gun and asked her to come outside to hold something for him.

Warner went outside with him, and family members said they saw London kick her and drag her down the street before shooting her.

"It's been rough but all I wanted was justice," said Warner's mother, Chiquita Warner. "Now that he's caught I can be at ease."

Chiquita Warner said her family had spent the last three months on edge, especially as some of them had been witnesses to the killing.  

"We just knew he was out there and we just wanted him to get caught," Chiquita Warner said. "We're excited about (the arrest)."

Warner said the family held a celebration of her daughter's life on her birthday, Jan. 18, when she would have turned 26.

But Warner said other days have been harder. Her 2-year-old grandson keeps calling for his mother and recently started asking to break down the ceiling so he can be with her — his misinterpretation of adults saying she is now "up there."

"I'm still trying to take it day by day," Chiquita Warner said.

She said she still doesn't understand what led to the killing. 

In 2016, London pleaded guilty to aggravated second-degree battery for an incident in 2013 in which police say he shot a man multiple times, critically injuring him after an argument, according to court documents. London was sentenced to two years in February 2016, with credit for time served.

London, 9403 Wild Valley Road, was booked Monday into Parish Prison on second-degree murder in the death of Dezarae Warner, felon in possession of a firearm and illegal use of a weapon. 

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