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Man sought in shooting case captured in Texas
By VAL GAUGHT
Jul 11, 2018, 08:38

A suspect from an October 2017 shooting in Portland was arrested in Texas last week.

Laderrius Thornton, 22, of Indianola, Miss., was arrested in Smith County, Texas, last week on felony arrest warrants that were issued in Ashley County.

The Ashley County Sheriff’s Department was notified Oct. 20 about an abandoned vehicle near a cotton field in the Sunshine community. According to an affidavit filed in the case, the deputies who responded found Laronnie Page near the vehicle. The report stated that Paige appeared to have been beaten and shot.

After further investigation, two men from Indianola, Miss., were arrested in the case, Daryl Crawford and Avarian Giles.

The report said that Paige, once he was medically able to give a statement, told the deputies that his car ran out of gas on the side of the road and he had contacted Daryl Crawford for assistance. Crawford arrived at the scene with Avarian Giles and a man that Paige could not identify.

In Paige’s statement to deputies, he said the four men got into an argument and as a result Paige was beaten, shot and left for dead.

Paige reported that he and Giles were in Paige’s vehicle with Crawford and the man he didn’t know following behind them in Crawford’s vehicle.

According to the statements made by the victim, Giles pulled Paige’s vehicle to the side of an Ashley County road, and when Paige tried to get into the driver’s seat, the unknown man held him at gunpoint. Paige reported that he was robbed, beaten and left facedown on the ground.

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