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Homicide suspect arrested in Jamaica

By Jeannie M. Nuss
Globe Correspondent / September 6, 2008
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A Roxbury man charged with stabbing a 20-year-old to death in Dorchester nearly two weeks ago was arrested in Jamaica yesterday, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis announced.

Richard Parris, 39, was apprehended by Jamaican officials and members of the US Department of Justice yesterday afternoon in Kingston, Jamaica, according to a joint statement from the district attorney's and police commissioner's offices.

Parris is charged with murdering Sheldon Andrews of Dorchester on Aug. 27 near an apartment at 343 Geneva Ave. in Dorchester, Conley's office said. Andrews's family declined to comment yesterday.

Parris will be brought before a court in Jamaica and held until his extradition to face charges in Dorchester Municipal Court, the statement said.

Prosecutors will begin efforts for proceedings on Monday, said Jake Wark, spokesman for the district attorney.

Parris and Andrews were involved in an altercation before the fatal stabbing, according to witness statements and evidence from an investigation by Boston police and Suffolk prosecutors, the DA's office said.

A warrant for Parris's arrest was issued Thursday. Authorities yesterday learned that Parris had flown from the United States to Jamaica and was trying to leave for Barbados, according to police and the district attorney.

Police and prosecutors worked with US marshals, who, along with local officials, apprehended Parris at an airport in Kingston, Conley's office reported.

Authorities said Parris flew from Atlanta to Kingston yesterday and was taken into custody as he left the plane before boarding a connecting flight to Barbados.

Conley and Davis said the arrest shows the extent to which Boston law enforcement officials will pursue suspects.

"Let this be a message to anyone who would use deadly violence on our streets," Conley said. "We will spare no effort to identify you, and we will travel any distance to catch you."

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