Investigators tracking a man believed linked to the April 7 robbery leading to the murder of Oshry Elor, 23, of Pleasant Hill got the break they were looking for Monday when police in Arizona attempted to stop a car carrying Luther Lee, 24, of Columbus, Georgia, on Interstate 40.
Arizona State Troopers spotted the car Lee was reportedly traveling in and conducted a traffic stop, according to information released by police in Pleasant Hill. During the stop, Lee and two others exited the car and Lee was arrested on an outstanding warrant previously obtained by Pleasant Hill Police Detectives.
A remaining occupant, later identified as Keith Jones, 29, of Cusseta Georgia, fled in the car with Arizona State Troopers in pursuit for approximately 90 miles at speeds in excess of 120 mph. Jones’ vehicle tires were deflated with the use of a spike strip after crossing the New Mexico state border, police said, and Jones was then taken into custody without further incident.
Pleasant Hill Police detectives on Tuesday identified Jones as the gunman who shot Elor multiple times during a “marijuana deal gone bad” at a home on Norse Drive. Elor, a long-time resident of Pleasant Hill and former College Park High School football player, died despite life-saving efforts to save him at the scene.
Pleasant Hill police said they will seek charges of murder with special circumstances enhancements, robbery, burglary and conspiracy against Jones, with Lee facing conspiracy to commit robbery and murder charges. The two additional occupants in the vehicle were not charged with a crime and were released from custody, according to police.
Jones, is currently being held at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center in New Mexico. Lee is being held at the Navajo County Detention Center in Arizona.
Anyone with further information is encouraged to contact the Pleasant Hill Police Department at (925)288-4600.