Wanted in Connecticut for murder charges issued last December
Through many hours of surveillance and investigation, Halifax Police Chief Ted Broderick and Sgt. Tom Benner, arrested Jamir Johnson at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31. Jake Burns of the Pembroke Police Dept. also assisted in the arrest.
Once Johnson was brought back to the police station and processed for booking, police learned that the little fish caught while riding a bicycle through the Brandeis Circle neighborhood was in fact quite a catch, as he was wanted on a murder charge in New London, CT.
It is alleged that last Dec. 9. Johnson shot the victim, Quvant Gray, who was pronounced dead of gunshot wounds in a basement apartment at 4 Orchard St. Johnson was charged in Connecticut with murder, possession of a pistol without a permit and unlawful discharge of a firearm .A bench warrant was issued for his apprehension tagged with a $1,500,000 bail according to New London, CT Police Captain Brian Wright.
Halifax Police Chief Ted Broderick charged Johnson with 54 break-ins to automobiles, and several house breaks in the Brandeis Circle area of town over the past several weeks.
Johnson was arraigned in Plymouth District Court, charged with breaking and entering, possession of burglarious tools, failure to identify, resisting arrest, receiving stolen property and fugitive from justice.
He will be held until Connecticut authorities come get him, according to Sgt. Patrick Sterling, communications officer of the Halifax Police Department, where he will answer to the Connecticut charges.
Chief Broderick said that early Tuesday morning Johnson was seen riding a bicycle through the Brandeis Circle neighborhood wearing clothing similar to that seen in a surveillance video at one of this victim’s homes, including rubber gloves. He was eventually stopped by the officers, and after a brief foot chase, was placed in police custody.
In making his announcement, Chief Broderick apologized to Halifax residents who were anxious to hear the latest in the ongoing investigations of the many robberies. “I hope the people understand our silence when trying to apprehend these criminals, but mostly I want everyone to know the diligence and work ethic of your police officers. If it wasn’t for their commitment to the town and its citizens, this alleged murderer would still be roaming our streets while we sleep. It was a job well done by all.”