Hartford Murder Suspect Arrested in Virginia

Police said the suspect was on parole at the time of the fatal shooting.

By Ari Mason and LeAnne Gendreau
|  Thursday, Sep 19, 2013  |  Updated 7:25 PM EDT
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Hartford Murder Suspect Arrested in Virginia

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Police have arrested the man who they say shot another person to death in Hartford's 12th homicide of the year back in July.

Kunta Soyini, 35, of Hartford, was arrested today in Roanoke, Va., according to the U.S. Department of Justice. 

Hartford police obtained a warrant charging Soyini with murder in July. Investigators determined that he fled to Virginia to hide out with friends. They found him at a Roanoke barbershop in September.

The area of Melrose Avenue and 36th Street was shut down while police zeroed in on Soyini. He was transported to the Roanoke City Sheriff's Office and will be extradited back to Connecticut, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Soyini was arrested in connection with a fatal July 10 shooting in Hartford. It happened around 10:30 a.m. near the Jumoke Academy at Milner on Vine Street.

The victim, whose name has not been released, was shot in the torso and taken to Saint Francis Hospital, where he died of his injuries.

At the time of the shooting, police said the crime scene was scattered around the city, but that a significant potion of the event took place in the Milner School parking lot.

Officials said no students or staff were in danger. Summer school was in session, so a lockdown was issued. Students and staff were safe and did not witness the shooting.

Soyini will be charged as a fugitive from justice in Virginia and detained pending his extradition to Connecticut. 

Authorities said Soyini was on parole at the time of the murder.

Soyini is charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, carrying a pistol or handgun without a permit and violation of parole.
 


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