ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Winnsboro murder suspect LaTroy Donta Sampson was arrested 800 miles away in Rochester, N.Y., after police received a call around 3 a.m. Friday about suspicious activity in a high-crime area.
Winnsboro Police Chief Freddie Lorick said he is unsure when Sampson will be extradited to South Carolina.
“At this stage we don’t know how long it will take to get him extradited because the Rochester Police Department has charges on him as well,” Lorick said Monday.
Sampson was being sought in South Carolina on a murder charge after 34-year-old Jennifer Monique Stone was found dead July 4. Winnsboro police said Sampson strangled Stone at her home.
Sampson was arrested on felony gun possession charges by the Rochester Police Department after they found a 9mm handgun in his pocket. The semi-automatic pistol was loaded with a bullet in the chamber.
He is expected to be arraigned Wednesday but Lorick said there is a hold on Sampson for Winnsboro once everything is completed in New York.
“Guns are a serious charge in New York and more so than down here,” Lorick noted. “When everything is said and done we’ll get him sent back down here, but we don’t know at this stage how long all of this will take.”
Lorick said they do not know who owns the gun.
“They ran it but it hasn’t come back stolen,” Lorick said. “We’re in the process now of doing what is called a trace to see if we can run down who owned the weapon originally.”
According to the report filed by the Rochester police, Lorick said Sampson told officers he bought the weapon in South Carolina two weeks ago from an unknown person.
Sampson told police he got a ride from someone five days earlier, but wouldn’t divulge who. Sampson did not say where he had been staying.
Officials do not know why Sampson fled to Rochester and Lorick said he is unsure if Sampson has any friends or family in that area.
“We’re still looking into that possibility,” Lorick said. “I don’t think he just automatically showed in Rochester, N.Y., without any sort of ties, but we haven’t determined that yet.”
Calls to the Rochester Police Department were not returned at press time.
Rochester is on Lake Ontario, just across the Canadian border.