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Clayton murder suspect arrested in Pennsylvania

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

United States Marshals in Pittsburgh, Pa., have arrested a man wanted in the 2007 shooting death of a another man at a College Park apartment complex.

Fugitive Nelson Guajardo was arrested Tuesday in the parking lot of a motel near the Pittsburgh International Airport, according to a press statement from the Department of Justice, U.S. Marshals office.

Authorities say on May 6, 2007, Guajardo got into a verbal and physical altercation with a man identified as Derek King. After the fight was broken up by residents at the apartment complex, Guajardo allegedly retrieved a .40 caliber handgun from his vehicle, and fired five rounds into the carport wall of the residence, striking King in the chest and killing him. Guajardo then fled the scene.

The Clayton County Sheriff's Office Fugitive Squad and the U.S. Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force began the search for the suspect. The investigation revealed that Guajardo had fled the country and traveled to Guadalajara, Mexico where he is a citizen.

According to authorities, at some point over the next year, Guajardo made his way back to Georgia using an assumed identity, and on Feb. 24, he allegedly assaulted the mother of his children and her new boyfriend at a residence in Doraville, Ga.

Tuesday, investigators obtained information that the suspect was possibly staying at the Spring Hills Suites Motel in Pittsburgh. While conducting surveillance, authorities observed Guajardo exiting the hotel, and he was taken into custody without incident.

Guajardo was charged as a fugitive from justice and bosoked at the Allegheny County Jail, where he is awaiting extradition to Georgia.