Nationwide manhunt for fugitive murder suspect ends in San Diego
SAN DIEGO (AP/News 8) — A New Jersey man suspected of killing his 2- year-old daughter by tossing her into a creek while she was still strapped in her car seat has been captured in San Diego.
The U.S. Marshal's Office in San Diego confirmed that 27-year-old Arthur Morgan III was arrested Tuesday afternoon.
Steve Jurman, the office's supervising deputy, said Morgan was captured at a home on the 800 block of Euclid Avenue in Lincoln Heights around 4:30pm on Tuesday.
Jurman said his office got a tip from New Jersey authorities that Morgan might be at the home, and surveillance was conducted there for most of the day. Morgan was then spotted on the home's back porch and, after a brief period where it appeared he might try to flee, Morgan was captured without incident.
He was taken to the San Diego County jail, where he will remain pending extradition proceedings. He could not be immediately reached for comment.
Monmouth County, N.J., prosecutor Peter E. Warshaw Jr. issued a statement Tuesday night confirming the arrest and thanking the U.S. Marshal's service and other law enforcement authorities that were involved in the search for Morgan, who also faces charges of child endangerment and interfering with custody in neighboring Ocean County.
Morgan was the subject of a nationwide manhunt and had been featured on the website of "America's Most Wanted."
He is charged with the murder of Tierra Morgan-Glover on Nov. 21. Her body was found partially submerged in a creek near a roadway overpass in Shark River Park in Wall Township, N.J., about 20 miles north of her Lakehurst home. Her cause of death was listed as "homicidal violence, including submersion in water.