SANTA CLARITA – A man wanted in a May 6 shooting in Santa Clarita that left a Lancaster man dead was arrested in western New York State and is awaiting extradition, authorities announced Tuesday.
Michael Joe McGlothan, 51, was taken into custody without incident at approximately 4 p.m. Monday, June 1, near the Ripley Toll Barrier on the New York State Thruway, according to New York State Police. He was arraigned in the Town of Dunkirk Court and remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail pending an extradition hearing, New York State Police reported.
McGlothan, who also uses the name Michael Batiste, is accused of shooting and killing 21-year-old Ledarion Demont Allen Jr. on May 6. The shooting occurred around 4:20 p.m. at an apartment complex in the 27500 block of Sierra Highway in Santa Clarita, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
“Witnesses recalled hearing screams coming from the location prior to gunshots being heard,” Deputy Guillermina Saldana of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau said.
Two men were seen leaving the location, one headed east and the other west, Saldana said.
Responding deputies found a woman (later identified as McGlothan’s girlfriend) with a gunshot wound to her shoulder, and she was treated at a hospital for non-life-threatening wounds, according to the sheriff’s department. Ledarion Allen Jr. of Lancaster died at the scene, said coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter.
The day after the crime, McGlothan was named as a suspect, and investigators sought the public’s help to find him.
The 51-year-old was arrested Monday afternoon while driving a semi-truck on the New York State Thruway. McGlothan’s location was provided to New York State Police by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide detectives who were tracking the suspect’s whereabouts. McGlothan was booked on a murder and an attempted murder extradition fugitive warrant and will remain in New York pending the extradition process to Los Angeles, according to the sheriff’s department.
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