3rd person arrested in connection with Lawrence triple homicide

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) - The Lawrence Police Dept. has announced a third suspect in the killing of two Topeka men and a Shawnee woman in Lawrence earlier this month is in custody.

Anthony Laron Roberts, 20, of Topeka, was arrested Wednesday, October 18, 2017, in connection with a Lawrence triple homicide (Source: Shawnee Co. Sheriff's Office)

Lawrence police say Anthony Laron Roberts, Jr., 20, was captured in Kansas City, Missouri, by U.S. Marshals.After he has been extradited to Douglas Co., Roberts is expected to be booked for a single count of 1st degree murder, 2 counts of 2nd degree murder, and a single count of Attempted Degree Murder. He

Wednesday’s scheduled court appearance for the two men previously arrested and charged in connection with the October 1st triple homicide in Lawrence was delayed. The hearing for Ahmad Rayton, 20, and Dominique McMillion, 19, was continued for a week.

Leah Brown, 22, of Shawnee, Tremel Dean, 24, and Colwin Henderson, 20, of Topeka were all killed in the October 1 shooting. Royelle Hunt, 28, and Tahzay Rayton, 19, both also from Topeka, were injured. According to the Kansas City Star, Tahzay and Ahmad are cousins.

Residents told 13 NEWS they still feel confident Lawrence is a safe place to live.

“I think Lawrence is the safest place I’ve ever lived,” said Lawrence resident Ryan Lutzkanin.

They say recent shootings won't stop them from living their lives.

“Every community has its issues. It has its challenges. Every community has crime, but I feel like ours is really not to that level on regular basis what’s so ever,” Sally Zogry, Executive Director of Downtown Lawrence, Inc., said.

People we spoke with urged others to not let recent violence paint Lawrence as a bad place.

“Still bad things can happen, but think that the rate is quite small which is why when something like this does happen, it is as big of a deal as it is here, because it’s so out of the usual.”

Lawrence police say their investigation into the shooting is still ongoing. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Lawrence police at 785-832-7509 or Crime Stoppers of Lawrence and Douglas Co. at 785-843-TIPS.