One more arrest made in Tyshaun Bates murder

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LUBBOCK, Texas — Lubbock Police on Friday said Christopher Lee Thomas, 23, was arrested in connection to the murder of 20-year-old Tyshaun Bates. 

The incident occurred on April 10 in the 4600 block of 50th Street when Lisa Marie Morales dropped by Bates’ apartment to purchase marijuana, according to an arrest warrant. 

The warrant went on to say she left the apartment to go to her car and retrieve more money as she had not brought enough. At that point, two armed masked men entered the apartment. 

“She heard a gunshot,” the warrant said.

According to the warrant, Morales said Thomas was the shooter.  The second man with him, according to the warrant, was Daytron Hood.  Hood has been arrested and charged with murder. 

Morales was later arrested for aggravated robbery, but not murder.  Quawnard Williams was also arrested for aggravated robbery in the case, but not murder. 

The following is a statement from LPD: 

A fourth suspect connected to the murder of 20-year-old Tyshaun Bates is in custody. At approximately 2 p.m. on Friday, Christopher Thomas, 23, was taken into custody without incident in the area of 2100 East 4th Street. Thomas had an outstanding arrest warrant for the murder of Bates.

The Metropolitan Special Crimes Unit, Lubbock Police Department Special Operations Unit, Texas Anti-Gang investigators, U.S. Marshals, DPS Criminal Investigations Division, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) assisted with the arrest.

Related Story: Man arrested, but one more still on the run for Central Lubbock murder 

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