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Connecticut murder suspect arrested in Schenectady

Tip led Marshals to Walker’s location on Eastern Avenue

Saturday, September 22, 2012
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Members of the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force remove a suspect from a house at 760 Eastern Ave. in Schenectady on Thursday. They were assisted by the Connecticut State Police, and Schenectady City Police. He was later identified as Joseph Walker of Connecticut and was charged with committing a murder in Connecticut.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Members of the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force remove a suspect from a house at 760 Eastern Ave. in Schenectady on Thursday. They were assisted by the Connecticut State Police, and Schenectady City Police. He was later identified as Joseph Walker of Connecticut and was charged with committing a murder in Connecticut.

— A man wanted in a Connecticut murder has been arrested in Schenectady, U.S. Marshals officials said.

Joseph Walker, 23, of Waterbury, Conn., was arrested; he had been sought since May 23 in connection with the killing of 27-year-old David Caban earlier that month.

Police in Connecticut, who had been searching for Walker since shortly after the killing, received a tip earlier this week that indicated he might be in Schenectady, Deputy U.S. Marshal William O’Toole said.

Members of the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force were already in the city Thursday conducting training, O’Toole said. After that training, they turned their efforts to finding Walker, quickly tracing him to 760 Eastern Ave.

Heavily armed task force members descended on the address, got permission to search and arrested Walker without incident, O’Toole said.

The seriousness of the accusations against Walker led to the overwhelming response, O’Toole said.

Authorities reported finding a quantity of crack cocaine with Walker. Local drug charges were filed against him, but those charges are expected to give way to the Connecticut murder count. An extradition hearing has yet to be set.

Walker is to face accusations that he killed Caban by walking up to the car he was in and shooting him in the head.

After Caban was shot, the driver of the car drove away, stopping briefly to ditch the dying man in the road. When Caban was found, he was rushed to the hospital but later died.

Police in Waterbury zeroed in on Walker within two weeks of the killing, releasing his photo and information about him to the local media. They also said then that they believed the killing was drug-related and that Walker may have fled to New York City.

O’Toole said Friday that he did not know how long Walker had been in Schenectady or why he came here.

 
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