GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Michigan officers arrested a Champaign man in connection with a murder that has been characterized as a possible revenge shooting after a 90-minute negotiation in Grand Rapids.
Grand Rapids police surrounded a home in the 1800 block of Horton Avenue SE around 4 p.m. Tuesday. They had a Champaign County arrest warrant for 26-year-old Ronald W. Young. Young refused to leave the home, and police shut down surrounding streets, according to the Grand Rapids Press.
Young, who police believe murdered 23-year-old LaTroy Creighton in Urbana on Saturday, was in Grand Rapids visiting family, according to Grand Rapids police Sgt. Terry McGee.
Young, whose last known address was in the 300 block of East Park Street, C, was arrested by Grand Rapids police and the Grand Rapids Area Fugitive Task Force, according to Urbana police Lt. Michael Metzler.
Young is being held in the Kent County Jail pending extradition proceedings, Metzler said. Urbana investigators are in Grand Rapids this morning, hoping to question Young later today, he said.
Officers went to the home acting on a tip that Young might be staying in the Grand Rapids area, Metzler said. Through cooperative investigations by Urbana and Grand Rapids police, it was determined that he was staying with a relative there.
According to investigators, Creighton was shot more than once around 2 a.m. Saturday, just north of Provena Covenant Medical Center, and died less than an hour later in the emergency room at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. The preliminary autopsy results showed he died from multiple gunshot wounds, according to Champaign County Coroner Roger Swaney.
Mr. Creighton was the brother of LaTerance Creighton, who is in prison for shooting a man named Ronald Young in Champaign six years ago. Metzler said police have confirmed that Young is the same man shot by LaTerance Creighton.
A jury convicted La Terance Creighton of aggravated battery with a firearm and home invasion. He was sentenced to a 20-year prison term, and remains in prison.
Revenge is a possible motive for the latest shooting, but police don't really know why the shooting occurred, Metzler said.
The investigation is continuing, Metzler said. Police have talked to witnesses who were in the area of Saturday's shooting and saw what happened, he said.