DANVILLE — An 18-year-old Danville man wanted in connection with a double homicide outside the Untouchables Motorcycle Club in June is behind bars.
Danville Public Safety Director Larry Thomason said Deontae N. Bright was arrested around 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Indianapolis area.
Bright had been wanted on a murder warrant in the June 16 shooting deaths of Albert Gardner, 23, and Tahji S. McGill, 17, both of Danville.
Police were called to the motorcycle club at 610 Commercial St. around 2 a.m. that day for a report of shots fired. They found three victims, including a 36-year-old man who was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The warrant, filed by the Vermilion County State’s Attorney’s Office, cited charges of first-degree murder-intent to kill and carries a $5 million bond.
Thomason said Danville detectives got a tip through Crime Stoppers and provided the information to the Indianapolis Metro Police and U.S. Marshal’s Office, who took Bright into custody without incident in the Indianapolis area.
Thomason said Bright is awaiting extradition to Illinois.
Thomason called the tip “an exceptional piece of information” and said it shows how important reporting any information, no matter how small someone believe it to be, to law enforcement can help solve violent crimes.
“We encourage anyone with information related to crimes to use the Vermilion County Crime Stoppers’ tip line, 446-TIPS, anytime they have information,” Thomason said. “It is a proven anonymous system that also provides cash rewards to the tipster.”
The shooting occurred on a weekend the motorcycle club was hosting a Father’s Day field meet, which included a dance on Saturday night and a race on Sunday, and didn’t involve any members or their guests, according to a member. He said some people had gathered Friday night for a party, and the shooting occurred early the next morning.
Source The News Gazette