A Brewer man fleeing North Carolina authorities for his connection to a homicide investigation there was arrested by local police Monday at the Bangor International Airport, police said.
Around 4 p.m., officers confronted Javon Richardson, 26, at the airport baggage claim and took him into custody on an extradition warrant charging the man with felony obstruction of justice, Sgt. Wade Betters said.
Richardson is wanted by authorities in Halifax County, North Carolina, after he allegedly presented himself as a witness to murder of a 33-year-old man in the town of Hollister but then refused to cooperate with detectives and defied their orders to stay in the area when he boarded a plane to Maine, according to a local television station.
Richardson allegedly called 911 to report the April 11 murder of Roderick Bluesky Mills and was on scene when first responders arrived, the station reported. Mills was shot dead, according to local news outlet RRSpin. North Carolina authorities have not said how Richardson and Mills knew each other or why Richardson called police only to refuse cooperating with investigators.
Halifax County is about 80 miles northwest of Raleigh, on the border of Virginia.
The Halifax County Sheriff’s Department contacted Bangor police on Monday as Richardson’s flight was about to land, soon after they learned that Richardson was on his way back to his native state, Betters said. Richardson moved from Maine to North Carolina sometime last year, he said.
At his first court appearance at the Penobscot Judicial Center on Tuesday, Richardson waived extradition to North Carolina by video conference from the Penobscot County Jail. He is being held at the jail without bail until North Carolina authorities come to get him.
BDN writer Judy Harrison contributed to this report.
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