Maine holds suspect in slayings

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LIMESTONE (AP) – A New Jersey man who’s wanted in connection with a series of gang-related homicides in his home state is being held on a fugitive warrant in northern Maine, police said.

Kareem Singleton, 21, was being held in the Aroostook County Jail following his arrest Wednesday at the Loring Job Corps Center in Limestone. Singleton, who was arrested without incident, faced an initial court hearing Thursday.

Police said Singleton is the last of 11 suspects to be arrested in connection with a triple slaying in New Jersey. He is wanted on a conspiracy charge, which alleges he hindered the arrest of a murder suspect by driving him to Delaware, Aroostook County Sheriff James Madore said.

Police said Singleton is a member of a gang that’s believed to have been involved in the fatal shooting of a rival gang member.

The same gang was also linked to the fire bombing of a house in Trenton last year that resulted in three deaths. After the fire, gang members helped an 18-year-old fellow gang member flee Trenton and escape to Delaware.

The suspect in the fire bombings, Kelvin Barnes of Trenton, was arrested in Delaware and extradited back to New Jersey to face murder charges.

Singleton, who has remained at large since then, was arrested after the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department received information from the U.S. Border Patrol and Central Maine Violent Crimes Task Force.

Madore said Singleton had been enrolled for about a month in a Job Corps masonry program.



Information from: Bangor Daily News, http://www.bangornews.com

AP-ES-05-18-06 0836EDT


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