Johannes Mehserle’s booking photo from www.KoloTV.com
Update: Alameda District Attorney describes shooting incident as an “unlawful, intentional killing of one individual by another”.
Update II: Court documents allege that Grant was “restrained and unarmed” when shot and killed by BART officer.
Update III: Another BART passenger claims Mehserle used excessive force against him in November.
Now that former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle has been arrested on a fugitive warrant for murder charges in Nevada, the question that needs to be answered is: Exactly how long has he been a fugitive from justice?
According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office press release, Mehserle was arrested after deputies followed “investigative leads” to a residence down a secluded, dead end road near Lake Tahoe in Nevada.
Once they learned he was there, they called Mehserle’s attorney, who in turn phoned his client advising that they were waiting for him to step outside and be arrested.
Mehserle was arrested at the “A” location on the map below at 6:20 p.m. Tuesday without incident.
The arrest concludes almost two weeks of uncertainty on whether Mehserle would be charged in the shooting death of Oscar Grant, which was caught on at least two different video cameras and distributed through the internet.
Mehserle will face an extradition hearing before he is deported back to Alameda County, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, who initially broke the story. A jailer told the Associated Press that Mehserle was arrested on a fugitive warrant.
Mehserle, who was living in Lafayette, California prior to the shooting, ended up just across the Nevada border in Douglas County, because he feared death threats, according to news reports.
Below is a press release issued by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office:
On the morning of January 13, 2009 the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office was provided information by the Oakland California Police Department that Johannes Mehserle was believed to be in the Zephyr Cove area of Lake Tahoe, Nevada. OPD officials advised DCSO that an arrest warrant for homicide from the Alameda County Superior Court was pending against Mehserle.
The OPD and DCSO followed investigative leads that led them to believe Mehserle was located in the 1000 block of Skyland Drive in Zephyr Cove, Nevada. Once DCSO received confirmation that the arrest warrant had been issued, officers contacted Mehserle’s attorney and advised him that there was an active warrant for Mehserle’s arrest. The attorney immediately telephoned Mehserle, who in turn exited a residence at 1007 Skyland Drive and surrendered to DCSO. Mehserle was taken into custody at 6:20 p.m. without incident.
Mehserle was booked into the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office main jail facility in Minden, Nevada at 7:00 p.m. Mehserle, age 27, was booked on the fugitive warrant from the Alameda County (California) Superior Court charging homicide. Mehserle is being held without bail pending an extradition hearing. There are no local (Nevada) charges pending against Mehserle.
Jail staff reports that Mehserle has been cooperative and is housed in a segregated area of the facility and on a precautionary health and welfare watch.
Mehserle will appear in East Fork Justice Court (1625 8th St, Minden) at 9:15 am on Wednesday, January 14th for his extradition hearing.
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