After months of searching, a New York man wanted on murder charges was recently tracked down and arrested at a residence on State Street in Bristol by United States, Rhode Island and New York law enforcement officials.
According to Rhode Island State Police, on Tuesday, July 19, at approximately 10:30 p.m., members of the Rhode Island State Police Violent Fugitive Task Force, members of the United States Marshals Service and members of the New York City Police Department Violent Felony Fugitive Squad, arrested Juan Mejia, 28, of a last known address of 2006 Ellis Ave., 3D, Bronx, New York, as a fugitive from justice from the State of New York.
Rhode Island State Police Detective Capt. James Demers said the New York Police Department worked around the clock to track down Mejia.
"They looked for him in Bristol for a good 12 hours," Demers said. "[Mejia] had a few friends there that he was staying with to hide."
According to a release, on May 3, 2011, Mejia and three other accomplices were allegedly involved in an armed home invasion in Queens, New York. After breaking into the residence while brandishing firearms and knifes, the victim and his mother were bound and gagged while the apartment was ransacked. While the apartment was being ripped through, the victim was stabbed and bled to death. According to police, Mejia and his associates allegedly poured bleach over the crime scene before leaving with a large amount of cash.
Following an investigation by the New York Police Department, the four suspects were identified and arrest warrants were issued. Police say three of the accomplices were tracked down and arrested, but police still searched for Mejia.
According to police, Mejia went on the run and police believed that he had traveled to the Rhode Island area. Four members of the New York Police Department Violent Felony Fugitive Task Force from Queens traveled to Rhode Island and met with members of the Rhode Island State Police Violent Fugitive Task Force and United States Marshals. Investigative members followed several leads that took them through the communities of Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls, Johnston and finally, Bristol.
According to police, Mejia was located hiding in an apartment on State Street in Bristol, where he was arrested. Mejia was arraigned in the Sixth Division District Court as a Fugitive from Justice, where he waived his extradition. Mejia faces charges in New York for murder-homicide, home invasion and gun possession.
"It was a job well done by everyone involved," Demers said. "[Mejia] waived his extradition, so he will be taken back to New York and will be charged with his crimes there."