Final two arrests made in Lacey man's homicide

by: Richard Thompson Updated:


LACEY, Wash. - The final two of five suspects in the shooting death of a Lacey man have been arrested in Idaho.

Thurston County prosecutors said a group of five teenagers arranged to buy marijuana from Dan Smith in Lacey Wednesday night, but then tried to rob him and ended up shooting him when he tried to get away.

Crying in her front yard the mother in-law of Smith, a husband and father of two young children told KIRO 7 she can't believe Smith was murdered.

 "It's devastating, he's gone. He loved my daughter and he was very good to those babies," said Ada Ruelos.

 Thurston County prosecutor Jon Tunheim told KIRO 7 this case shows even though marijuana is now legal, the black market for pot on the street is expected to continue and so are drug crimes.

 "There's still going to be a high demand and there's still going to be criminal activity," he said.

Three of the five suspects were captured Thursday including 19-year-old Erick Adamczewski and 18 year-old Steven Petit, who are both being held on $500,000 bail.

Police were still hunting for two more suspects on the run but a license plate reader confirmed that a vehicle that may have been driven by the suspects had entered into Idaho. Lacey detectives coordinated with Idaho authorities and they spotted the two and took them into custody Thursday night.

They are being held in the Shonshone County Detention Center in Wallace, Idaho.

The victim's mother told KIRO 7 she was afraid to have her name released but wanted people to know her son had a good heart.

 "He didn't deserve to die, he's only 34 years old and he's my son and I love him," she said.

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