The News Desk is a collection of news, notes and breaking items affecting the Fredericksburg community.
Q Ball Cafe homicide suspect Chauncey Cartier ‘Fresh’ Lampkin in custody in New York
A man wanted in the fatal shooting last month outside the Q Ball Cafe in Spotsylvania County is in custody in New York state, law enforcement officials said.
Chauncey Cartier “Fresh” Lampkin, 27, was arrested in Mount Vernon, N.Y. at 8:52 p.m. Saturday, according to Capt. Edward Adinaro of the City of Mount Vernon Police Department.
He was arrested by authorities in the city west of the Bronx after two plainclothes officers noticed a group of five men drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana in a park near a topless bar on Gramatan Avenue, Adinaro said.
Lampkin tried to flee on foot when the officers approached. He was apprehended about two blocks away, Adinaro said.
“He resisted arrest and was found with nine bags of marijuana on him,” he said. “And he gave multiple names.”
In Mount Vernon, Lampkin is charged with resisting arrest, possession of marijuana, obstruction of governmental administration and false personation.
Adinaro said although Lampkin gave Mount Vernon authorities a false name, he was positively identified on Monday through fingerprint records. The prints connected him to the outstanding murder warrant from Spotsylvania County.
He is being held at the Westchester County Jail on the murder warrant from Spotsylvania pending extradition, Adinaro said.
Spotsylvania County Commonwealth’s Attorney Bill Neely said last night that he is waiting to hear if Lampkin will waive extradition or fight it. He said bail there was set at $500,000.
Lampkin is charged in Spotsylvania with homicide, maliciously shooting with intent, maliciously shooting as a member of a mob, discharging a firearm from a vehicle and discharging a firearm at an occupied dwelling.
Lampkin, along with two other men, are considered suspects in the March 30 shooting death of 45-year-old Marcellus “Bull” Greene of Culpeper at the Q Ball Cafe.
Greene was working as a security guard at the nightspot at 960 Bragg Road, across from Spotsylvania Towne Centre. Greene was a longtime employee of the club who was well-liked by patrons and management. He was also an avid football fan and played semiprofessionally for many years, locally and abroad.
Prince William Monarchs head coach Ray Scott said he passed the word of Lampkin’s arrest to Greene’s former teammates.
“All of the players are jumping for joy. We are all very happy that he is in custody,” Scott said. “We want the worst for him and that is how we feel about it.”
On the night of the shooting, an altercation began between two groups of people during a concert at the Q Ball.
According to Capt. Jeff Pearce of the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, one group was ordered to leave the show by club personnel around 12:45 a.m. on March 30. A fight later ensued in the parking lot in front of the nightspot and was broken up by club employees.
Witnesses said one man was seen pointing some type of handgun from the passenger window of a passing vehicle, Pearce said.
“The suspect fired several rounds in the direction of the club,” he said.
One of the shots struck and killed Greene, who was standing in front of the club’s main entrance, Pearce said.
The vehicle—described as a small, gray sedan—sped off, Pearce said.
Lavon Antonio Chew, 26, of Spotsylvania and David Davion Burroughs, 25, of Stafford County, were identified as being occupants of that vehicle and were both arrested within days of the shooting. They both face firearm and conspiracy charges.
A nationwide search was launched for Lampkin, whom Spotsylvania authorities have identified as the gunman. He is a Spotsylvania resident, but has ties to Florida and New York.
“This arrest is a culmination of the hard work and cooperation of several law enforcement agencies’ investigating and ultimately apprehending a dangerous criminal suspect,” said Spotsylvania Sheriff Roger Harris.
Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419