MT. VERNON – The Woodlawn man wanted in connection with killing a 34-year-old Mt. Vernon man Sunday morning at a local bar is now in custody.
Twenty-nine-year-old Jaquez Gardner was arrested by Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies for First-Degree Murder and Being an Armed Habitual Criminal in connection with the shooting death of Jamarco Foulks while at the Corner Tavern at 19th and Perkins in Mt. Vernon.
During the course of the investigation, detectives developed information indicating Gardner had left the area and was staying in a hotel in the Metro East area. Mt. Vernon Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office detectives contacted agencies in that area as well as notified the United States Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force.
On Tuesday, members of the O’Fallon Police Department located a vehicle associated with Gardner at the Drury Inn Hotel at 1118 Central Park Drive in O’Fallon. Detectives and U.S. Marshal Task Force members began surveillance of the hotel lasting several hours. Finally, at around 9:10 p.m., Gardner was seen leaving the hotel and getting into a vehicle. It was at this time detectives and task force members were able to take Gardner into custody without incident.
According to the Jefferson County Coroner Roger Hayse, an autopsy conducted on Monday showed Foulks died from multiple gunshot wounds to the torso and extremities. Foulks was initially treated at the scene of the shooting before being transported to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.
According to Mt. Vernon Police Chief Trent Page, a warrant was issued Tuesday for Gardner’s arrest. Gardner was on parole for a November 2019 conviction on a Class X felony offense of Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm.
Gardner was transported to the Jefferson County Justice Center on the Jefferson County warrant charging him with First-Degree Murder and Being an Armed Habitual Offender. Bond on the warrant is set at $3 million. Additionally, Gardner was held with no bond on the IDOC parole violation warrant.
He was brought into JCSO/MVPD custody around 11:23 p.m. Tuesday night.