California: Update--Suspect Arrested in Connection with Shooting Death of German Tourist
According to The San Francisco Chronicle, a suspect wanted in connection with the killing of German tourist Mechthild Schroer, 50, near Union Square in August 2010 has been arrested.
Devante Laws, 21, a fugitive for 3+ years was spotted in Hayward on Thursday (January 2) and taken into custody by members of a task force led by the US Marshal's Service.
Laws, suspected of being a gang member, was sought on suspicion of being an accessory to murder in the August 2010 shooting that killed Ms. Schroer, who was visiting with her husband to celebrate her birthday and anniversary.
Six other gang suspects have been charged with murder in the case. Police said some of the six belonged to a Western Addition gang and that others were in a gang named for the Valencia Gardens housing complex.
COMMENT: The young men were brawling outside an end-of-summer dance at a comedy club at 414 Mason St., authorities said. At least one of the assailants opened fire, killing Schroer.
Two other bystanders were wounded in the shooting at Mason and Geary streets. Schroer, an elementary school rector from Hanover, was gunned down as she and her husband of 25 years were looking for somewhere to eat.
Laws had been featured on the "Northern California Most Wanted" website by the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center, a group of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
Thanks go out to the US Marshal's Service and all officers who participated in Laws' arrest.
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