Jarod T. Lane, the ex-boyfriend of a teenage girl killed in Renton last week, was arrested Monday after members of a news crew saw him walking along a road in Oklahoma City.
Lane was wanted for questioning related to the , a student of Lindbergh High School and the suspected arson of her residence.
Scholl was discovered dead in her home after a residential fire in the 12700 block of SE 164th Street on Friday.
Here is a statement from Renton Police about the capture earlier today of Jarod Lane:
"At about 1330 hours on 5/28/12, Renton Police were notified by Oklahoma City OK Police of the arrest of Jarod Lane; Lane is suspected in last Friday’s murder of 17-year-old Jessica Scholl."
"A 2001 Mazda Protégé which Lane had been driving was found abandoned near Guthrie OK earlier in the day, and a television news crew enroute to cover that story saw Lane walking along the side of a road in Oklahoma City a few hours later. They recognized Lane from photographs released to their Seattle area affiliate station, and called 911, resulting in Lane’s arrest. Lane will be held in Oklahoma City while extradition is arranged."
"The victim’s family has asked us to forward the following statement to all of the media outlets who covered this story:
“We, as Jessica Scholl's family, would like to thank the Renton Police Department and numerous other law enforcement agencies for their diligence in searching for the person of interest. Especially thank you to the Oklahoma City Police Department and News Channel 4's Adam Mertz and Mark Paris who helped to apprehend him."
"We would like to take this opportunity to stress the importance of healthy relationships, and encourage everyone to report known or suspected teen or domestic violence."
"Our family has appreciated the way the media has respected our wishes to grieve and remember Jessica in private. We have no further comment at this time.”