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Second man charged with hindering prosecution in Auburn suspect search

Gabriel Thomas (Source: Montgomery Department of Public Safety) Gabriel Thomas (Source: Montgomery Department of Public Safety)
Jeremy Thomas (Source: Auburn Police) Jeremy Thomas (Source: Auburn Police)
Desmonte Leonard Desmonte Leonard

A second person has been arrested in connection to the suspect wanted in the triple homicide in Auburn and the wounding of three others.

Jeremy Thomas, 18, was arrested and charged with hindering prosecution in the search for Desmonte Leonard. Thomas was taken into custody Monday around lunchtime. Auburn Police Chief Tommy Dawson says Thomas is one of the persons of interest who left the scene of the shooting with Leonard.

Leonard, who is considered armed and dangerous, is wanted on three capital murder warrants following the June 9th shooting deaths in Auburn.

The first arrest happened late Sunday evening when Montgomery Police, Auburn Police and the U.S. Marshals Service arrested a 41-year-old Montgomery man in connection with providing false information to officers searching for Desmonte Leonard.

Gabriel Thomas was charged with one count of first-degree hindering prosecution on a warrant signed by the Marshals Service. Investigators said Thomas had contact with Leonard and provided misleading information in the search for the subject. Thomas was booked into the Montgomery County Detention Facility and is being held on a $15,000 bond.

Agencies continue to search for Leonard in the Montgomery area. Rewards totaling $15,000 are being offered for information leading to Leonard's capture. The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for Leonard's apprehension and conviction. The U.S. Marshals Service is offering a $5,000 reward for his capture.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Desmonte Leonard is asked to call the U.S. Marshals tipline at 334-223-5400.

Thomas isn't a stranger to law enforcement. He was arrested and charged in a 14-year-old girl's homicide in June 2011. A check with court records shows that a grand jury later chose to indict Thomas on manslaughter charges. His trial is set for June 18, 2012. 

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