Arrests made for central city shootings

Sunday, June 12, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 5:10 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

Police arrested two Columbia men Thursday and Friday in connection with a shooting in a central Columbia neighborhood.

Dajuan A. Harris, 22, was arrested for armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon and Denico Sanchez Crawley, 18, was arrested for first-degree assault and armed criminal action in connection with a shooting at the corner of Trinity Place and Park Avenue near Douglass Park on May 31.

Police said Harris and Crawley began shooting at each other near the 100 block of Park Avenue. Columbia police Capt. Brad Nelson said Crawley was in a van and Harris was on foot when the two started shooting at about 11:40 p.m.

Harris was arrested during a traffic stop Thursday night. Crawley was identified by police and later found at Boone County Correctional Facility, where he was being held on unrelated drug charges on Friday.

As of Saturday afternoon, Harris and Crawley were being held at Boone County Jail. Harris’ bond was set at $100,000; Crawley was being held without bond for violating conditions of drug court.

Harris appeared in Boone County Circuit Court on Monday on an unrelated drug trafficking charge. Nelson said police identified Harris and Crawley as suspects June 1, one day after the May 31 shooting, but a departmental “mix-up” resulted in a warrant request not being immediately issued.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Keith Bail said prosecutors did not receive a warrant for either Harris or Crawley’s arrest until Wednesday, eight days after the incident.

A date for Harris’ jury trial in the drug trafficking case has not been set.

Harris and Crawley are the third and fourth Columbia men to be arrested in connection with four central Columbia shootings in recent weeks.

Joshua Lambert, 19, turned himself in to Columbia police Wednesday afternoon after he was implicated in a shootout at the corner of LaSalle Place and Allen Street on Tuesday. He was charged with unlawful use of a weapon and was being held at Boone County Jail on $100,000 bond as of Saturday.

Rodrecus Holmes, 26, was arrested on first-degree assault and armed criminal action after he was suspected of exchanging gunfire with another man on the 200 block of Lincoln Drive on May 25.

Police said the suspects in that shooting were in a dispute over a woman.

Holmes was being held at Boone County Jail on $100,300 bond as of Saturday.

Nelson said police are investigating another shooting that occurred on June 2 in the 1400 block of Raleigh Drive. He said a duplex on the street was shot at.

“We’re vigorously pursuing any individual involved in these recent shootings and do anticipate additional arrests,” Nelson said.

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