East Lansing homicide suspect surrenders to GRPD

Police surround a residence on Temple Street SE. (Feb. 18, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man believed to be the suspect in an East Lansing murder surrendered to Grand Rapids police after a brief standoff Tuesday evening.

Just before 8 p.m., police shut down a stretch of Temple Street — near the intersection of Hall Street and Eastern Avenue — and surrounded a house. Around 8:30 p.m., a man inside exited the house and surrendered to police.

He was identified by police as 19-year-old Marqua McCoy.

Marqua McCoy (courtesy the Michigan Department of Corrections -- Oct. 4, 2013)
Marqua McCoy (courtesy the Michigan Department of Corrections – Oct. 4, 2013)

McCoy is listed in Michigan Department of Corrections records as an absconder from parole. He was arrested by GRPD for violating his parole, not directly for the homicide.

GRPD said police had been staking out the Temple Street residence since about noon Tuesday. They had seen him there and hoped they could arrest him when he left. But when he remained at the house, police decided around 7:45 p.m. to surround the house.

“The U.S. Marshals were surveilling the house and then determined someone was inside and activated our Special Response Team and our special negotiators because they wouldn’t come out,” GRPD Capt. Eric Payne said.

GRPD used a megaphone to try to talk to whoever was inside. After about half an hour, McCoy gave himself up.

Police said McCoy did not have a gun when he was taken into custody.

McCoy is believed to be the suspect in a homicide at Cedar Village Apartments near the Michigan State University campus, Grand Rapids police told 24 Hour News 8.

MSU student Dominique Nolff, 20, of Middleville was killed in that Jan. 31 homicide. His roommate, Corbin Holwerda, also 20, of Grand Haven, was taken to a hospital and later released.

East Lansing police have released surveillance photos of the suspect in a Friday night shooting who is believed to have shot two MSU students, one fatally. (Feb. 4, 2014)
Surveillance photos of the suspect believed to have shot two MSU students, one fatally. (Feb. 4, 2014)

East Lansing authorities released surveillance images of the suspect earlier this month. They said the shooting was “clearly not random.”

McCoy first got in trouble for gross indecency with a girl when he was 8 years old, court records show. At 14, he was convicted of carjacking and later sent to a school for troubled kids.

In January 2013, according to Michigan State Police records, McCoy pleaded guilty to felony assaulting, resisting or obstructing a police officer causing injury, and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. At age 18, he was sentenced to between one and four years in prison, but served less than that.

MDOC spokesperson Russ Marlan said McCoy bolted out of the parole office in Grand Rapids in mid-January while his agent was checking texts and pictures on McCoy’s cell phone. MDOC says it then started an intense search for McCoy across Michigan.

That was only two weeks before the shooting that killed Nolff.

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