Deputies arrest man in deadly armed robbery, second suspect wanted

Dracier Dewey (Source: St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office)
Dracier Dewey (Source: St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office)
Charles Mcquarter III
Charles Mcquarter III

LAPLACE, LA (WAFB) - Investigators said an arrest has been made in connection with a deadly armed robbery at a store and they have identified another suspect who remains at large.

The St. John the Baptist Sheriff's Office reported Dracier Dewey, 22, of Reserve, turned himself in to authorities Wednesday. Deputies said he admitted his involvement in the armed robbery and shooting at LaPlace Feed and Supply store in LaPlace that left Steve Finckbeiner, 63, dead Tuesday afternoon.

Dewey has been booked on charges of principal to armed robbery, principal to first-degree murder and principal to attempted first-degree murder. His bond has not been set.

Detectives have issued an arrest warrant for Charles Mcquarter III, 22, of Reserve. He is wanted for armed robbery, first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. Investigators said he is considered armed and dangerous.

Mcquarter is described as 5'10" and weighs about 160 pounds. Authorities added his hair is now shorter than it appears in the picture.

WVUE reported Sheriff Mike Tregre said a woman called around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday to report that she and her husband had been shot. Responding deputies said Finckbeiner died at the scene. His 53-year-old wife, Constance, was taken  to University Hospital. Her injuries were not considered life-threatening.

According to reports, investigators said two men, shown in surveillance footage, went to the feed store asking about shots for their dogs. They were denied service but soon returned. One of the men made off with the cash register, which is still missing.

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Anyone with information on Mcquarter's whereabouts is urged to contact the sheriff's office at 985-359-8477.

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