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FBI captures murder suspect in Redby; Clark to make first appearance today

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region Park Rapids, 56470

Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

FBI Special Agent in Charge Ralph S. Boelter announced Sunday the arrest of Donald Leigh Clark Jr., 22, of Redby.

Clark has been a federal fugitive since being charged by criminal complaint Nov. 5 in federal court with being a felon in possession of a firearm and subsequently charged by criminal complaint Nov. 17 with one count of second-degree murder and two counts of assault with intent to commit murder. All charges stemmed from his role in the Nov. 3 shooting death of Julian Keith DeMarrias, 22, of Redby. Jerrick DeMarrias and Orland James Spears, both 19 and from Redby, were seriously wounded in the shooting.

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At approximately 11 p.m. on Jan. 15, Red Lake Police Department officers and FBI special agents were following up on a lead in Redby. They saw a white Pontiac Grand Prix drive past them, a vehicle that looked similar to the car driven by Clark's girlfriend, Jerilee Head. A Red Lake officer saw the vehicle commit a traffic violation and attempted to stop the vehicle, according to an FBI report. The vehicle continued to travel about a half mile when it stopped at Clark's father's home in Redby. Head had been driving the vehicle. Clark was located in the back seat of the vehicle hiding beneath a blanket. He was placed under arrest without further incident.

Head was designated as a person of interest in the shooting, but was taken off the list Nov. 5, according to Red Lake Public Safety Director Bill Brunelle.

Clark will make his initial appearance in United States District Court in Bemidji at a yet-to-be-determined time today, Jan. 18.

Cruze Anthony White, 22, of Redby, also was charged on Nov. 17 with one count of second-degree murder and two counts of assault with intent to commit murder, all stemming from the same Nov. 3 shooting incident in Redby. He remains a fugitive.

White is described as an American Indian male, between 5-foot-7-inches and 5-foot-9-inches tall, weighing about 170 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. He has four tattoos on the back of his left hand. They are the words "Kyra," "Kalicia," a bear paw and a small star symbol. He also may have a tear drop tattoo in the corner of one eye.

Before dying of his injuries, Julian DeMarrias told Red Lake Police officers who responded to the shooting that he had been shot by Clark. FBI agents subsequently interviewed Jerrick DeMarrias and Orland Spears.

Jerrick DeMarrias told the FBI that he was riding in a vehicle with Julian DeMarrias and Spears, and they had a .22 caliber rifle, a .303 British caliber rifle and a 410 shotgun in their vehicle because he planned to go hunting later that day. He said the vehicle he was riding in was passed by a black Yukon SUV occupied by Clark and White. The black SUV followed DeMarrias' vehicle, and at stop sign, Clark and White got out of their vehicle while Jerrick and Julian DeMarrias got out of their vehicle. Spears stayed inside that vehicle.

Spears told the FBI that he was in a parked vehicle with Julian and Jerrick DeMarrias outside the Other Store in Redby when they observed Clark, also known as Don Juan, and White in a vehicle. Clark got out of the vehicle he was driving and began shooting with an "AK" assault rifle. Spears did not see White get out of the other vehicle. Spears said he heard gunshots and heard his friends screaming. Spears was shot three times in his back while seated in the vehicle.

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