A Dorchester man has been arrested in Maine on charges that he murdered Derek Matulina, 19, on the Savin Hill Red Line subway platform on May 7, officials said today.
The suspect was identified as Nhu Anh Nguyen, 19. According to MBTA Transit Police, Boston police, and Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office, Nguyen is accused of fatally shooting Matulina after an argument broke out between two groups of people on the platform on a Saturday afternoon.
Nguyen surrendered to authorities Thursday night after two days of intensive pressure from fugitive task forces in Boston and in the Portland area, said John Clark, Chief Deputy US Marshal for Maine.
Clark said Massachusetts law enforcement officials contacted relatives, friends and acquaintances of Nguyen, urging him to peacefully surrender.
In Maine, similar efforts were mounted on Nguyen's associates and relatives. Clark said relatives of Nguyen once lived in Maine but then relocated to the Boston area.
In both states, surveillance on possible places where Nguyen might have been hiding was also conducted. Clark said Nguyen was finally located at a residence on Cumberland Avenue in Portland Thursday night.
“Basically there was enough pressure exerted on people in Massachusetts and up here to convince him that it was in everyone’s best interest that he turn himself in, and to let the court system take its course,’’ Clark said.
Clara said Nguyen walked out of a residence on Cumberland Avenue in Portland that was rented by a female acquaintance.
"He came out with hands up,’’ said Clark. “"He was not armed at the time.’’
In a statement released this morning, Massachusetts authorities did not identify a motive for the shooting.
Nguyen is currently being held at the Cumberland County (Maine) courthouse. He may appear in a Maine courtroom later today.
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