Dejerek Smallwood
Dejerek Smallwood

Two Manchester Township men killed when a drug deal went bad in York City had schemed to rob the alleged heroin dealer suspected of gunning them down, court documents allege.

Laquan Anderson Pierrelouis, 22, known as "Q," remains a fugutive in connection with the Nov. 23 killings of Braydon Aldinger and Derek Ferree, York City detectives said. There is an active warrant for his arrest and he will be charged with homicide when captured, they said.

Alleged accomplice Dejerek Basil Smallwood, 21, of 807 W. Poplar St., appeared Thursday in York County Court for his preliminary hearing. Smallwood, known as "Diego," waived his right to that proceeding.

He remains in York County Prison without bail, charged with homicide and conspiracy to deliver heroin.

Laquan Pierrelouis
Laquan Pierrelouis

A third defendant, 22-year-old Arianna Tavares of York City, appeared with Smallwood and also waived her right to a preliminary hearing. She is charged with conspiracy to deliver heroin for her alleged role in the double homicide and also is in prison.

According to court documents, Tavares told detectives she had been buying heroin from Pierrelouis, but that at some point he stole some of her money

Tavares said she "formulated a plan" with Aldinger, 23, of Danielle Court, and Ferree, 26, of Old Mill Inn Road, to rob Pierrelouis and get her money back, documents state.

But Tavares maintains the three of them abandoned the plot when they bumped into a person who was looking to buy heroin and had the cash to do it, according to documents.

Tavares told detectives she called Pierrelouis and arranged a drug meeting, after which she, Aldinger and Ferree met Pierrelouis and Smallwood in the 500 block of West Mason Avenue about 7 p.m., documents allege.

That's when the four men got into a physical altercation, police said.

Tavares said that during the fight, she heard Pierrelouis repeatedly say "Give me that!" to Smallwood; Tavares told detectives Pierrelouis was referring to a gun, according to documents.

Police said Pierrelouis fired at least three times at Aldinger and Ferree, killing the men. Afterward, he fled the scene with Smallwood, police said.

Smallwood maintains his innocence, according to his defense attorney, Dawn Cutaia.

"He maintains he wasn't there," she said.

Members of the U.S. Marshals Service's fugitive task force are searching for Pierrelouis, detectives said Thursday.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Pierrelouis, whose last-known address was in the 900 block of West King Street, is asked to call detectives at (717) 849-2219, or call the city's anonymous crime tip line, (717) 849-2204. Or anonymously text a tip to YORKTIPS at 847411.

-- Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.