Macon shooting suspect caught after stuffing socks in his pants

For more than 50 days a Macon man escaped arrest in a shooting, only to be caught shoplifting.

About 11 a.m. Tuesday, Keonta Marquis Ray, 22, triggered the anti-theft alarm at Academy Sports at 1689 Eisenhower Parkway, according to a news release from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.

A Bibb deputy patrolling the parking lot heard the alarm and stopped Ray, who had stuffed $28 worth of Nike socks in his pants.

When the deputy checked the man’s name for warrants, the deputy found that Ray was wanted for armed robbery and aggravated assault in the shooting of Deaze Vashone Jackson, 39, who was wounded in the right leg Feb. 2 while fleeing from an apartment allegedly where drugs were sold, the release stated.

Ray was cited for shoplifting before being booked into the jail on charges related to last month’s shooting, including a probation violation.

He was arrested in 2009 on drug and weapons charges in Macon’s Village Green neighborhood.