Police Apprehend South Carolina Murder Suspect, Alleged Accessories on North Shore
RONALD WEBSTER, 34 (D.O.B. 9/10/74), was apprehended Thursday afternoon after troopers from the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section (VFAS), deputy US marshals, and Lynn and Peabody detectives and patrol officers found him at a house on St. Anne Avenue in Peabody. WEBSTER is wanted by the Berkeley, S.C., County Sheriff's Department on a murder warrant charging him with the Sept. 25 shooting of 21-year-old Jason Gadsden in Ladson, S.C. Police believe WEBSTER was planning to stay at the house, where an acquaintance of his lives.
After arresting WEBSTER, police went to a home on Victory Road in Lynn, where they had determined the two alleged accomplices were staying with a relative of one of them. There, police apprehended ADAM L. DeQUINA, 32 (D.O.B. 11/13/75), and JOEVA D. YAGMAN, 40 (D.O.B. 7/3/68), both of whom are charged as fugitives wanted as accessories after the fact to murder.
Prior to yesterday's arrests, WEBSTER, DeQUINA and YAGMAN were last believed to be living in a mobile home park in Ladson, S.C. The arrests were the result of a coordinated effort by State Police VFAS troopers, deputy marshals in Massachusetts and South Carolina, Lynn and Peabody Police, and the Berkeley, S.C., Sheriff's Department to track the three fugitives through a variety of investigative methods.
At approximately 11 p.m. on Sept. 25, Berkeley County deputies found Gadsden fatally shot in his pickup truck on Royle Road in Ladson. Gadsden was a resident of Summerville, a town several miles away. The deputies' investigation over the next few days led to the identification of the suspects.
All three suspects are expected to be arraigned today as fugitives from justice, and will be held by the Essex County Sheriff's Department until they are rendited to South Carolina. WEBSTER'S arraignment was expected to be in Peabody District Court, while DeQUINA and YAGMAN were expected to be arraigned in Lynn District Court.