A man charged with the murder of 16-year-old Deonte Payton and who had been on the run since mid-April was captured by District police on Thursday, the Washington Examiner reports.
Kendrick Phillips, 19, had been charged with shooting Payton and stuffing his body inside a closet in a vacant Southeast apartment in December 2009. Authorities had been searching for him since April 13 when Phillips cut off the ankle-monitoring bracelet he was ordered to wear while awaiting trial.
He was captured last week after a tipster alerted police that Phillips was in Southeast. The tipster recognized Phillips from an article in that day’s edition of the Examiner.