COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) – A local television crew spotted an Arizona murder suspect near the Atlanta airport and reported to police, which led to the man being returned to custody after a day excavation.
The WSB-TV reporter and photojournalist said he saw Jsaan Carlos Strover, 20, as they drove down a road near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport around 11:15 p.m. Thursday.
Journalist Matt Johnson said he and photojournalist Joe Booker were in their truck live when Strover ran through and through bushes. Johnson said police were nearby so they flagged an officer and then began filming as the suspect was arrested.
Strover was wanted for murder, attempted murder and aggravated assault in Arizona. He was arrested by US Marshals in the Atlanta area on April 12 on other charges, but was already wanted in Arizona.
He had walked away from two MPs in Maricopa County, Arizona, as they dropped off a rental car at the airport earlier in the day.
In Fulton County, Georgia, Sheriff Patrick Labat told reporters Strover fled after MPs freed their legs so they could descend the stairs.
“They took off the legrests to escort him down the steps and at that point he pushed them,” Labat said.
Dozens of agents from multiple agencies searched for Strover with dogs and helicopters on Thursday.