Suspect in Morningside Heights Killing Arrested in Pennsylvania

By Ben Fractenberg on October 21, 2011 11:06am 

Michael James, 30, is suspected of stabbing a man to death in Morningside Heights on Sat., Aug. 20, police said.
Michael James, 30, is suspected of stabbing a man to death in Morningside Heights on Sat., Aug. 20, police said.
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MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS — A man wanted in connection with a Harlem murder was arrested in Pennsylvania Thursday, police there said.

Michael James, 30, went on the lam after allegedly stabbing Sackiwa Ntuli, 34, on West 114th Street on Aug. 20 after the two got into a fight, the NYPD said previously.

But he was caught Thursday during a joint police sting between the Wilkes-Barre Police Department and the NYPD after the Pennsylvania police got a tip he was staying in the town, 100 miles north west of Philadelphia.

"NYPD police met with members of the Wilkes-Barre VIPER unit, patrol, narcotic units, and state parole and went to a location where the suspect was believed to be staying," the Wilkes-Barre City Police wrote in a press release. "The suspect was not at the residence but was spotted with another male subject walking a pit bull dog."

"Upon orders to stop the wanted person, James began to flee on foot, and was apprehended," the police added.

The pit bull turned on police, who "were forced to shoot" it, Wilkes-Barre police said. The dog was "later treated for a gunshot wound."

The officers then chased down James. He was awaiting arraignment in Pennsylvania Thursday and is expected to be extradited to New York, the statement said.

It was not immediately clear if it the pit bull would recover or which of the two men the dog belonged to.

The NYPD did not immediately have information about the incident.

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