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College Park murder suspect found in Delaware

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

Clayton County police detectives were in Delaware, Thursday, interviewing a man who allegedly shot, and killed, a 17-year-old College Park youth, who was walking to a neighborhood pool last month, according to police department spokesman, Officer Otis Willis, III.

The New Castle County (Del.) Police Department issued a written statement, Thursday, saying two of their officers arrested Tyrone Terek Patterson, 30 -- who also goes by the nicknames "T-Rex," "T," and "Jersey" -- in a Wilmington, Del., apartment complex on Tuesday evening.

"Detectives are up there right now, talking to him," Willis said on Thursday.

Clayton County police allege that Patterson shot Darnell Fields in the chest, causing the youth's death, after a verbal exchange of "What's up?" with Fields' cousin, Caponetti Faulkner, on July 22. Fields, his cousin, and his aunt, Cande Hope, were walking along a wooded path off Faith Cove, in College Park, when the shooting occurred.

Hope was struck in the left calf, and received medical treatment at Grady Memorial Hospital. Faulkner was uninjured, according to police. Clayton County police said they found several spent .45 caliber shell casings on the ground, outside Patterson's home, after the shooting. Witnesses told police the shooting was provoked by someone stealing a handgun from Patterson "probably two, or three weeks" before the shooting.

According to the New Castle County Police statement, Patterson was arrested in the Wilmington apartment complex at 10:50 p.m., on Tuesday, after police received a call about a "suspicious person" being in the complex. "A male caller gave a description of the individual, and indicated that he believed the subject resembled a fugitive who was wanted out of New Jersey," according to the police statement.

According to the warrants for Patterson's arrest, he has a New Jersey driver's license, but lives in College Park. Willis said he was not aware of any outstanding warrants for Patterson's arrest in New Jersey.

Patterson is facing four felony charges, including one count of murder, and three counts of aggravated assault. According to the New Castle County Police Department, a fugitive warrant has been completed, and Patterson is being kept in a Delaware jail, awaiting extradition.