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Police arrest 2 suspects, seek 2 others in Hobson homicide

Sunday, October 24, 2010 | 7:38 p.m. CDT; updated 4:33 p.m. CDT, Monday, October 25, 2010

* CORRECTION: An early version of this story gave suspect Tony L. Lewis' middle initial incorrectly. The story also has been modified to say that Roland and Lewis are suspected of second-degree robbery and second-degree murder.

COLUMBIA - Police arrested two men Saturday and were seeking at least two others Sunday in connection with the fatal shooting of a Kansas man at a south Columbia gas station, according to a Columbia Police Department news release.

The victim, Aaron Hobson, 22, was shot in the chest in the parking lot of the Break Time at 110 E. Nifong Blvd. early Saturday morning. He was the cousin of MU football cornerback Trey Hobson. Aaron Hobson lived in Wichita and was in Columbia for MU's game against the Oklahoma Sooners.

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Leo D. Roland, 19, of Columbia, and Tony L. Lewis*, 27, of Boonville were arrested Saturday on suspicion of second-degree murder and second-degree robbery*, according to the release. Roland turned himself in to police on Saturday. Columbia Police Public Information Officer Jill Wieneke said she did not know where police arrested Lewis but that he had been cooperative.

On Sunday, police were seeking Daron Martez Peal, 23, and Darris Arlando Peal, 21, both of Columbia. The two are brothers. Warrants had been issued for their arrest on the same charges, Wieneke said.

Police investigators had already established that the shooting of Hobson was linked to a robbery in the parking lot of the Break Time when Roland turned himself in, according to police. Wieneke said Roland also implicated Daron Peal as the person who had the gun police believe was used to kill Hobson.

A passenger in the car with Aaron Hobson gave investigators an account of what happened: The person, whose name is being withheld by police, told investigators they were driving in Hobson's car through the parking lot when they were approached by several men who demanded Hobson's money.  After Hobson turned over his money, one of the men shot Hobson with a handgun, and the men fled. 

Columbia police said in the news release that surveillance video shows the suspects approaching the victim's car.

Wieneke said the other man arrested, Lewis, was first identified through surveillance camera footage. An officer at the scene then identified Lewis and Roland, telling police that he saw them running from the area after the shots were fired, Wieneke said. Bond for both men was set at $1 million cash, and both were being held in the Boone County Jail as of Sunday night.

According to the news release, Lewis said he was standing behind the victim's vehicle when the robbery occurred.

Wieneke said that police were still interviewing people and that more arrests might result.

The police said Daron and Darris Peal should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of these suspects or any other details about this case, is asked to call 911 or Crimestoppers at 875-TIPS.


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