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BRIDGEPORT — A nationwide manhunt for two suspects being sought in the killing of a Dallas store owner over two boxes of onions and her uneaten lunch ended Thursday when police said the were arrested at a city apartment house.
Lamarcus Mathis, 19, and a 17-year-old whose name is being withheld by Hearst Connecticut Media Group because of his age, were arrested by members of the U.S. Marshal Violent Crime Fugitive Task Force at an apartment house on Grand Street. They were each being held in lieu of $1 million bond pending a hearing in Superior Court here on Friday.
Dallas police said they had sought the two men since July 3 when they allegedly killed 64-year-old Jin Kim Ha in the grocery store that she owned with her husband. But despite the posting of a reward, the men could not be found.
According to Bridgeport Police Detective Robert Martin, a member of the task force, Thursday morning police received information Mathis and the 17-year-old had just arrived in Bridgeport by bus and were holed up in the home of a relative on Grand Street here.
He said task force members and local police with a dog surrounded the house. The two men then surrendered without incident.
Dallas police said both men could face the death penalty if convicted in Dallas of the murder.
Police said both men were tied to the murder from the store’s surveillance camera.
In the video, police said Ha is seen with her husband locking the fence in front of the convenience store at East Illinois Avenue and Overton Road when the two suspects drive up. When Jin Ha and her husband see the men, they crouch down next to their Honda minivan.
A man who police say is Mathis snatches a box Ha is carrying — which contained uneaten portions of her lunch and some onions — while a man police believe to be the 17-year-old holds a gun in each hand and shoots at the couple.
While one man is running away with the box, the other shoots at Ha one more time.
Ha, wounded, can be seen struggling to get back on her feet. She collapses near the back of her car in the arms of her husband. She died at Baylor University Medical Center.
A task force of local and state police raided more than a half dozen locations on Bridgeport’s East Side and East End Wednesday morning rounding up suspected gang members. Police said they also seized drugs and guns. At least one person was being held in lieu of $1 million bond. A large number of relatives of those arrested gathered in the lobby of Troop G only to be told their family members were still being processed.
Bridgeport police said 24-year-old Josinar Araujo was showing his girlfriend his handgun Sunday when the gun went off shooting Araujo in the privates. Araujo was taken to St. Vincents Medical Center while his girlfriend, Christine Belknap was booked for possession of drug paraphernalia after police said they found her with a pipe used for smoking crack cocaine.
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