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Derby Ridge closes during arrest of first-degree murder suspect

Friday, October 5, 2012 | 6:19 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Derby Ridge Elementary School was briefly under a modified lockdown Friday afternoon due to its close proximity to a suspected murderer.

Larry D. Belk, 20, of St. Louis, was arrested with an outstanding felony warrant on suspicion of first-degree murder in Alton, Ill., according to a Columbia Police Department news release. He is being held on a $1 million bond.

Belk was arrested at 1406 Risen Star Court after an anonymous tipster alerted the Columbia Police Department of his location. The department's SWAT team was called at 11:30 a.m. and arrived on the scene an hour later.

Belk exited the residence about 8 minutes after the SWAT team began using a bullhorn to communicate with him. He was taken into custody without incident.

Also inside the house was Porcha Marshall, 21, who was arrested with a warrant on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle without a driver's license.

Columbia Public Schools were notified of the situation, which was unfolding a short walk from Derby Ridge.

Supervising editor is Emilie Stigliani.


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