MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – An 18-year-old fugitive was arrested Monday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers after being on the run for more than a year after allegedly killing a Wisconsin man.
CBP said the 18-year-old US citizen was being held in San Diego County Jail after a CBP officer performed a routine database inspection on him as he tried to enter the United States from Mexico.
Upon inspection, it was discovered that the teenager had an active felony warrant after a UW Whitewater graduate was shot dead in Milwaukee.
The charges allege 22-year-old Purcell Pearson was murdered after the 18-year-old and another teenager stole designer glasses from the victim who they were supposed to buy the frames from.
Surveillance footage of the murder shows Pearson clinging to the van the suspects were driving after the glasses were stolen. That’s when the victim was shot, according to CBP.
Anne Maricich, assistant director of the San Diego field office for CBP, said: “I hope that by bringing in this young man we can not only comfort those who knew the victim, but also all that CBP will ensure. that the fugitives will not be free and will instead face their day in court.
While a suspect was arrested and detained by US Marshals in Michigan shortly after the crime, the 18-year-old fugitive fled for over a year before being discovered by CBP.
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