Tips lead police to find slaying suspect in motel

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Police say tips from the community helped them find and arrest a 28-year-old slaying suspect Thursday afternoon at a Gordon Highway motel.

Maurice Lashaun Roscoe: Man is accused of shooting Pierce McClattie Jr. after an argument with his brother.  Special
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Maurice Lashaun Roscoe: Man is accused of shooting Pierce McClattie Jr. after an argument with his brother.

Richmond County sheriff's investigators arrested Maurice Lashaun Roscoe at the Relax Inn at about 1:15 p.m. and charged him in Tuesday night's fatal shooting of Pierce McClattie Jr., 21.

Mr. Roscoe was charged with murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and a parole violation, according to Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Tom Johnson.

Authorities said they also recovered a 9 mm handgun.

Mr. Roscoe is accused of shooting the victim after an argument with Mr. McClattie's brother at Jennings Homes.

Police believe he followed Mr. McClattie, his girlfriend and brother to the intersection of Olive Road and Martin Luther King Boulevard, where he fired several rounds into their vehicle, according to a sheriff's office statement. Mr. McClattie was struck once in the head.

Authorities from the sheriff's office, the parole office and the FBI received information from residents in the Dogwood Terrace Housing Project and were able to track Mr. Roscoe to the Relax Inn, where he surrendered peacefully, a sheriff's statement said.

"Basically we had officers out in the area where we believed the subject was, and we received tips from the community that led us to him at the Relax Inn," Lt. Scott Peebles said.

The suspect was on parole for an aggravated assault charge, Lt. Peebles said. He is being held in the Richmond County jail without bond.

Reach Adam Folk at (706) 823-3339 or adam.folk@augustachronicle.com.

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crymeariver
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crymeariver 02/23/07 - 06:55 am
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Good Job Lt. Peebles. Way to

Good Job Lt. Peebles. Way to rat out the people who gave him up. Why couldnt you just say an anonymous tip came in. Do you think this guy doesnt know the people in that neighborhood who told on him? Maybe now you understand why nobody ever wants to help you guys out, its called REVENGE! How ignorant.

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Dr. Pepper 02/23/07 - 07:34 am
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wow fed up, you must be an

wow fed up, you must be an idiot or we didnt read the same article.....you dont think that the word "community" is vauge enough? Well, I applaud the "community" for the good work done to get a MURDERER off of the streets. And im sure that anyone related to the victim that was brutally murdered is also thankful to the "community" for standing up and possibly saving more lives.

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NEone 02/23/07 - 07:39 am
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You're right Mt. Dew, Fed Up

You're right Mt. Dew, Fed Up must have still been asleep. Or maybe he was the informant. People in those circles usually aren't too smart.

keepinitreal
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keepinitreal 02/23/07 - 08:49 am
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Mt Dew & NEone you both

Mt Dew & NEone you both apparently dont know nothing about the "hood" or as NEone states " People in those cirles usually aren't too smart". By the media stating the community's name that leads a doorway for revenge for those who know where this community is. The officers have to help from the neighborhood at times and it's just that way. But why the media has to give so much info is thier right as well but it would make a better choice of what words they could or should use. I think that negative comments like the one made by NEone is ridiculous and uncalled for. Think about it NEone, computer hackers could reveal your identity and you could become a victim. I don't agree with how Fedup stated that comment but i can understand what the comment coming from Fedup means.

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jebko 02/23/07 - 09:03 am
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'out on parole'... that says

'out on parole'... that says it all for the courts!

Rowanda
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Rowanda 02/23/07 - 09:08 am
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why is it that the person

why is it that the person that has nothing to do with all of it always end up getting hurt or killed. my smpothy really goesout to the family because that was just dumb ,another life taken for something stupid.

truthbknown
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truthbknown 02/23/07 - 09:21 am
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if more people ratted we

if more people ratted we wouldn't have the crime we have... way to go tipsters... god will bless you ...

intheknow
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intheknow 02/23/07 - 09:30 am
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How did he " Rat " anyone

How did he " Rat " anyone out? You can't do right by some people. Damn if you Damn if you don't.

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lifelongresidient 02/23/07 - 09:32 am
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i agree with jebko..."out on

i agree with jebko..."out on parole", let me guess "he made an innocent mistake and was trying to get his life back on track", so as a black man who works everyday i am just waiting to hear from all of the sympathizers who will now be coming out of the wood work to defend this murderer

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JennTaylor 02/23/07 - 10:14 am
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I'm just glad that the man

I'm just glad that the man who killed my innocent cousin P.J is found. I just hope that this time the system opens their eyes and give him the punishment that he deserves. I'm not going to wish bad luck on this man because I'm not the one he has to answer to about this and what he has done in his life. but I do hope and pray that this cold hearted man gets all that he deserve for taking someone's life thinking that things will get better. You don't understand what you are putting my family through. Let this be a lesson to those in the community. Be careful, killing doesn't solve anything. Please stop the violence and live your life to the fullest. Life is to short for time to be waisted.

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user3 02/23/07 - 10:49 am
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i agree with keepinitreal,

i agree with keepinitreal, once you state what "hood" it was where the ti[ came from its easy for him to find out who was the one to rat him out. so mt.dew and neone stay in your own "columbia county" business and try to find all the meth labs and pill poppers out there!!!!!!!

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sassygalady30 02/23/07 - 10:51 am
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i never seen any names said

i never seen any names said either learn to read fed up

intheknow
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intheknow 02/23/07 - 10:54 am
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Boy you try to give a

Boy you try to give a positive rave to a community for doing the right thing and all the naysayers come out of the woods. Now I can see it this neighborhood consisted of two house but this is a big area. Not once when the community assisted with the arrest of the rapist on the hill dod anyone say " Rat ".

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bnwhite13 02/23/07 - 11:15 am
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it says in DOGWOOD

it says in DOGWOOD TERRACE...yes there will be revenge, and yes this is exactly why people do not give up information.

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3572 02/23/07 - 11:18 am
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To all the people who talked

To all the people who talked about FED UP BIG TIME he has a point because the community will suffer as a whole if a group decide to get them back for telling.

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voiceofconcern 02/23/07 - 11:27 am
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For those in the “hood” who

For those in the “hood” who equates a concerned citizen, a productive member of the community, a person who cares about the safety of their neighborhood, or a person who feels that a man who shoots up an ex-girlfriend’s home, kills an innocent man and has been on the run from the parole office for three years should be in jail to a “Rat” says a lot about your mentality. I just wonder and God forbid, but if someone brutally murders a member of your family and the police have leads…..would you feel the same way.

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butterflygina 02/23/07 - 11:45 am
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Okay, the news outlets chose

Okay, the news outlets chose what it will publicize. And the fact that they mentioned the particulair "community" is of concern to me. He was "right up the road". Now let's hope he doesn't get out on bond. Because there have been cases in Augusta about folks getting killed to quiet them. There was the case a few years ago of the grandmother off Old Savannah Road (innocent victim) that was killed. Then other folks got killed because of what they knew about her killing and others Finally the person rumored to be behind the killings was killed. And his mom was on tv saying he didn't do those terrible things.....But without the communities help, ole boy here would still be free and no telling what his punk behind would be up to next. A gun makes a small man seem very big! 8 year old Leroy Brown, Jr of of CT who was willing to testify to the murder of his mother's boyfriend. It happened at a barber shop. None of the other witnesses would come forward. He did. He and his mother were murdered by the killer's brother. He was brave.

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intheknow 02/23/07 - 11:57 am
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Believe me there has been a

Believe me there has been a hell of a lot of killings in the area in the past, so lets stop being stupid about this, this person does not need an excuse to come back to the area to kill again. They could have said " MRS. CLEO " gave up the tip. This fool and others like him makes their own reasons to kill.

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MyOpinion1 02/23/07 - 12:39 pm
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I thank God that the

I thank God that the community came forward and told on this man. We things like this happen we need to come to together to help each other out. This was an innocent young man that has children. His children will never be able to see him again and some of you are worried about cops ratting people out. Thats good they told on him. He needed to be off the streets and shouldn't of gotten out on parole anyway. I am just glad this man was caught and people coming together helped with his arrest. And remember this, if something like this happened to your family member (Fed Up Bigtyme) wouldn't you want people to come forward who knows something, or the community to come together to get that person off the street. Im sure you would!!!!!!

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KingJames 02/23/07 - 02:07 pm
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The fact that people came

The fact that people came forward to help capture the killer is great. The problem is that the police have made it easy for them to be identified. No, they didn't name anyone, but they may as well have. The only thing Roscoe has to do is think about who knows him in Dogwood Terrace, and who could have possibly seen him. Then he'll know who told the police where he was hiding out. Those people are now scared because of the threat of retaliation. Have Richmond county investigators ever heard of protecting the innocent? They all but put the names of the folks in the community who assisted in the capture of Roscoe out there for everyone who knows Roscoe to try to retaliate for him while he's locked up. Roscoe needed to be off the streets, but the folks in Dogwood Terrace shouldn't have to suffer or be afraid of revenge. All the investigators had to say was that they acted on tips received from the community about Roscoe's whereabouts. They didn't have to say the tips came from Dogwood Terrace. I don't think anyone here is saying Roscoe should be free, but they are saying that people will now think twice about their own safety before helping the police again.

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my opinion matters 02/23/07 - 02:55 pm
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Im just glad that this guy is

Im just glad that this guy is caught and locked away and hopefully for good. He killed a innocent person. And not only that they left the house where they were arguing at and he still ran the man down and not only killed the guy he had confrontation with but he killed his brother a inncoent person. The man was only 21 so YES HE DESERVE TO BE TOLD ON AND LOCKED A WAY. I HAVE NO REMORSE FOR HIM.

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shae413 02/23/07 - 04:52 pm
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Im glad they cought the guy.

Im glad they cought the guy. thats ny lil cousin(Iyuna) daddy. And i hate to see her grow up with out a dad.

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AlmondJoyDelight 02/23/07 - 05:16 pm
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I agree with "familyfriend".

I agree with "familyfriend". For the people who are upset about the person/people talking to the police, I don't think you'd feel the same way if the person killed was your relative.

worriedboutdafuture
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worriedboutdafuture 02/23/07 - 09:37 pm
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Ignorance Breeds Ignorance!!!

Ignorance Breeds Ignorance!!! All of those "BLOGGERS!" that are whining and complaining about "RATS" and Revenge! For Giving up a KNOWN KILLER, PAROLE VIOLATER, an Plain MENACE TO SOCIETY!! Need to get their heads checked and "QUICK"!! It don't matter who gave him up, Those "RATS, SNITCHES,ECT. SHOULD BE REWARDED!! I applaude each and every one of them for STANDING UP FOR WHAT IS RIGHT!! They are in my book HEROES!! The true "Cowards" and "Punks" are those so concerned with "HOOD CREDIBILITY!!" They need to thrown in the slammer right along with the thug who did that horrible thing to that Family! Because by their lack of "INACTION" they might as well as had their hands on the trigger along with the shooter!. "THE ONLY ONE YOU SHOULD FEAR IS GOD!! NOT MAN!!" "PUNKS AND THUGS BETTA RECOGNIZE THE DIFFERENCE!"

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PFLY775 02/24/07 - 12:38 am
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Duh! It doesn't take a rocket

Duh! It doesn't take a rocket scientist (or a murderer) to figure out that somebody said something. What would he think, the cats and dogs of the neighborhood gave a tip to the police? Wake up and smell the coffee. He shoulda checked himself before he took an innocent life. And for what? A person with a gun in his hand who "thinks" he is a man is no man. He is a coward. He shot up a house in Grovetown a couple of weeks ago, didn't he? He's gonna get all the "gansta" he wants now, by being somebody's girlfriend in prison. My sympathy to all families concerned. Wake up young people!

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augusta706reader 02/24/07 - 03:41 am
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RIP PJ. I just would like to

RIP PJ. I just would like to say that who's to say that the police is not lieing about were the tips came from? First of all Roscoe lived in Southside with his sister for a while so of course a lot of ppl are gonna know him. If he wanna go and get revenge its not like Southside is that small, its a lot of ppl that he would have to go and question and they aren't answerin any questions.He will have to fight or shoot everyone down there. Cause they are gonna all stick together. He is not even from Southside. Thats good they caught that BASTARD!!!!!!!!!!!! He just seemed like he was on a crime spree, I guess since he gotten away with the apt shooting that he was untouchable. Well one let looser off the streets!!!!!

voiceofconcern
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voiceofconcern 02/24/07 - 09:45 am
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right is right, wrong is

right is right, wrong is wrong. go richmond county sheriff's people. nice work.

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luckie 02/24/07 - 10:58 am
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In the end it will come out

In the end it will come out that the tip did not come from Dogwood Terrace. Investigators are probably trying to crack another case. Give them more credit. they do good work most of the time. They just don't care about the smal cases. My house was burglarized by teenagers, they cared less but they do concentrate on higher crimes.

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crymeariver 02/24/07 - 11:12 am
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I wasnt trying to undermine

I wasnt trying to undermine the efforts of the sheriffs office. Im only saying a broader idea of where they received the tips from is what they should have said. Im glad the murderer was captured. I just know that Roscoe has already been paroled once, and he will be paroled again. Nowadays, murder doesnt even keep you in prison for life, and a life sentence is only a few years. Im sure this dude only knows a few people in Dogwood, so he just has to think about who it is. Good job cops for catching him, bad job cops for your wording, thats all.

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worriedboutdafuture 02/24/07 - 04:35 pm
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he (fed up big time) still

he (fed up big time) still don"t get it!!!!!!! who cares about the wording of anything when it comes to such a tragic loss of life!
this murdered young man"s family will get the justice they so rightly deserve. whether it be in the courtroom or god"s will. that "menace!" will receive his just punishment! this should make us all mad as hell! people take back your communities from the riff raff such as this!
make your community a community where it"s safe for your children, your neighbors children, your mother's father's and your elderly folks can walk and play on without fear of thugs and punks such as this! i don"t care if ya live in the "projects!! or the suburbs!!! this is everyones problem!! it"s your community!, hood!, ect.

parents: don"t be afraid "ta whup ya kidz butt to keep them in line when they act out!" or they too will go out do what this thug did!! spare the rod!!spoil the child!!" don"t give your child "time out!!" take the "time" to discipline your child or the state,local, or federal prison system will do it for you! and you and i (with our hard earned tax dollars!) will pay the cost of the rehabilitation or destruction (death row!!) of our precious children.

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