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Lark Place murder suspect and mother arrested

More arrests have been made in connection to a deadly shooting outside an Arkadelphia apartment complex, although few details have emerged in the case.

Chase Langstaff Browning, 19, was arrested Saturday on two charges of first-degree murder. His mother, Laroyce Browning, was also taken into police custody for a single count of hindering apprehension. Laroyce Browning, 40, is a family service worker for the Arkansas Department of Human Services in Arkadelphia, according to her LinkedIn account. The two were arrested at the elder Browning’s home on Walnut Street. 

Chase Browning
Laroyce Browning

Authorities on Monday confirmed in a press release that the arrests resulted from an “ongoing investigation” into the Dec. 30 incident at 8 Lark Place, Arkadelphia. Chase Browning is being accused in the shooting deaths of 16-year-old Ayden Hendricks and Quartez “Dada” Burton, 24. As for Laroyce Browning’s charge, Clark County Prosecutor Dan Turner would not release further details regarding her alleged involvement.

Turner did not say whether more suspects are expected to be apprehended but did not rule out future arrests. “I’m not anticipating more,” he told The Arkadelphian in a telephone interview.

Separate incidents complicate matters

Monday’s announcement follows a trio of arrests police made last week

So far, a total of five people have been arrested in connection with the incident — three were arrested for their alleged involvement in the robbery, one was arrested in connection to the fatal shooting, and one was arrested for helping the shooter evade law enforcement. However, authorities are not saying whether the latest arrests are directly connected to last week’s arrests. To date, no affidavits detailing the facts of the case have been released.

What is known is that Javion Lameer Sims, 18, of Hot Springs, remains in custody on charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated residential burglary. Two juveniles accused of being involved in the incident have also been arrested and are expected to be charged as adults.

Javion Sims

Public records at the Clark County Detention Center name one of the juveniles as 17-year-old Joffrey King-Lewis Kaden, who turned himself in on Jan. 9 for police charges of aggravated robbery. Kaden has since been released on bond. Turner on Monday confirmed Kaden’s alleged involvement in the incident. The other juvenile, who remains in custody, has not been named in public documents.

Joffrey Kaden

First court appearances for the Brownings have been scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 17, before Circuit Judge Blake Batson. Sims, Kaden and the other juvenile are due in court on Feb. 7.


Friday, Dec. 30
Police respond to 8 Lark Place Apartments after receiving reports of shots fired. It is here they discover the body of 16-year-old Ayden Hendricks in the parking lot. Quartez “Dada” Burton, 24, dies from gunshot wounds en route to Baptist Health Medical Center-Arkadelphia.

Friday, Jan. 6
Javion Sims, 18, and an as-yet unnamed juvenile are arrested and held for charges of aggravated robbery.

Monday, Jan. 9
Joffrey Kaden, 17, is arrested, also for charges of aggravated robbery.

Saturday, Jan. 14
Chase Langstaff, 19, is arrested for first-degree murder. His mother, Laroyce Browning, 40, is arrested for hindering apprehension.