Arrest Made In Homicide

Police announced Saturday morning they arrested the man they believe is responsible for the first homicide of 2013.

Cops said they arrested the man who shot and killed a 55-year-old clerk during a robbery at a corner store on Orchard Street on Jan. 22.

Here’s what happened, according to police spokesman Officer David Hartman:

While investigating the murder, police collected surveillance images and witness information that pointed to a 20-year-old man as a suspect. Early Saturday morning, detectives arrested the 20-year-old on a warrant for an unrelated 2012 larceny. SWAT police then executed a search warrant at his home, looking for evidence related to the homicide.

Police found the evidence they were looking for. They arrested the 20-year-old on charges of murder and felony murder. He was being held on a $2 million bond, pending a Tuesday arraignment in court.

“I want to acknowledge the remarkable detectives who pursued this case relentlessly to bring justice to a grieving family,” Chief Dean Esserman said in a release.

The FBI helped New Haven by enhancing stills taken from the store’s surveillance video. Read about that here.

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posted by: random on February 17, 2013  6:52pm

During the NHPD “relentless pursuit” I know of a young man who was forced to go to the station and give up DNA and 2 days later a search warrant was issued and executed to search his home terrorizing the entire family and removing personal belongings from his home. I wonder how many others were treated in this manner. Now that he has been found ompletely innocent I wonder if part of community policing involves returning to that young man’s family apologizing for the trauma/treatment they faced.Sometimes “relentless” can be characterized as overzealous, unwarranted and unprofessional.