Crime

Tattoos Lead To Arrest Of Suspect In 2013 Frying-Pan Murder

| by Sean Kelly

The suspect in a 2013 murder was reportedly arrested after two years on the run, thanks to his tattoos.

Danei Washington Gordon, a 21-year-old fugitive who allegedly cracked a heated metal pan over the head of an elderly man in his Miami, Florida, home in 2013, was caught on Aug. 19 after a deputy marshal in Hartford, Connecticut, pulled his car alongside the young man’s bike and noticed the tattoos, police say.

“That kid had no idea a deputy marshal pulled up to him,” U.S. Marshal Senior Inspector Barry Golden said. “The kid was moving in and out of traffic. We corralled him.”

Golden told reporters that Gordon gave the marshal a fake name, but a tattoo with the name “Danei,” as well as a tattoo with a musical clef symbol, gave it away, reports The Associated Press.

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Gordon fled after the killing of his 73-year-old caretaker Neville Smith, who was found dead by a housemate. Gordon and his mother lived with Smith after coming from Jamaica, reports Miami Herald. 

“I don’t know what would cause someone to do that to a 73-year-old,” Smith’s daughter, Joi Crockett, told Miami Herald. 

Gordon was a suspect and was pursued by police, who had trouble finding a photo of him until he appeared on Facebook months after Smith’s death. Authorities obtained an arrest warrant for Gordon in July 2013, and discovered in April 2014 that the young man was living in Connecticut.

Investigators “saturated” Hartford’s north side for months looking for Gordon, but it wasn’t until the deputy spotted him and matched his features and weight with the description that he was captured.

Investigators flew up to Connecticut to question Gordon, and he will reportedly be extradited to Florida.

Gordon now faces a second-degree murder charge for Smith’s death.

Sources: AP via New York Post, Miami Herald

Photo credit: Department of Corrections via AP, Miami-Dade Police Department via Miami Herald