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Police have identified and arrested the man they say shot another man at a University Place apartment building in February, according to court documents.

Ryan A. Taylor, 29, is charged with first-degree assault and use of a firearm to commit a felony in the Feb. 8 shooting of Dekarlos Haynes Jr. Taylor was arrested Nov. 29 in East St. Louis, Illinois, and booked into the St. Clair County jail.

Investigators had an affidavit detailing their case against Taylor sealed by a judge because of concerns about potential retaliation against cooperating witnesses and destruction of evidence. However, police provided some details in support of an earlier arrest in the case.

They believe Taylor was one of two men who shot up a dice game at 3041 N. 48th St. just before 8:30 that night. The shooting left Haynes with a wound to his right leg and triggered a campus alert at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Police have already arrested Desmond Pruitt, 26, of East St. Louis, whom they accuse of being the other shooter.

In an affidavit for Pruitt's arrest, investigators say an acquaintance of one of the dice rollers brought Pruitt to the game, who then asked if his brother could join. 

The "brother," whom police believe was Taylor, pulled a gun, demanded money from Haynes and shot him. Pruitt also pulled a gun and fired, but missed, police said.

The pair left together, taking $2,500 and an iPhone, according to police.

Investigators determined one of the men had arrived in a Volkswagen Passat, which was seen on surveillance video being driven up to the apartment building. Pruitt owns a 2014 Passat, and Haynes identified Pruitt through a photo lineup, according to the affidavit.

Pruitt is set to enter a plea in his case early next year. Taylor is awaiting extradition from Illinois.

If convicted, Taylor would face up to 100 years in prison.

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