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Missouri murder suspect arrested in Benton County pleads not guilty

The suspect was located in Benton County several hours after allegedly fleeing the scene of the crime and was taken into custody without incident.

NOEL, Mo. — Update: Shun’tavion L. Thomas pleaded not guilty and is waiting for a bond amount to be set.

Original Story:

The Noel Marshall's Office and the McDonald County Sheriff's Office were called to the Noel Heights Apartments Sunday (Nov. 22) morning in response to possible shots fired and disturbance call. 

When deputies arrived, they checked the area and were directed to an apartment second floor. When checking the apartment, officers found a male lying with apparent gunshot wounds. Law enforcement officers determined the male, later identified as Jonathan Arellanos, 23, of Noel, was deceased.

After some interviews, deputies found the suspect had fled the apartment complex. The suspect was identified as Shun’tavion L. Thomas, 23, of Noel,  and a bolo was put out on him and the vehicle he was driving.

Thomas was located in Benton County several hours later and was taken into custody without incident.

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