New Jersey man accused of murder gets caught in Florida
The incident took place in Polk County, Florida. A man accused of carjacking in New Jersey -one of the smallest states in the US- last month, and accused of killing a man while committing the carjacking, has been detained in Florida.
New Jersey native James Lewis was arrested by sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. At the time of the arrest, it was learned that Lewis was in the city of Winter Haven to visit his family. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office announced that Lewis has been arrested pending extradition to the state of New Jersey.
Lewis, who is learned to be 51, is seen as the prime suspect in the murder of 59-year-old Troy Traynham on September 18. It is claimed that the murder that took place in the East Orange area was committed by Lewis. According to information from the Essex County attorney’s office, Lewis killed Traynham while he was helping a woman.
Minutes before Traynham was killed, he was helping a woman unload grocery bags from her car. Meanwhile, Lewis first tied the woman’s hands, then killed Traynham, and then stole the car and wanted to get away. Shortly after Lewis had driven away from the scene of the incident, he had an accident with the vehicle he had stolen.
According to information provided by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, a wealth of evidence was found in Winter Haven where Lewis was captured that could be linked to the investigation of the East Orange incident. Lewis served 30 years in prison for a murder he committed in East Orange in 1989 and was released in 2019.
Lewis, who was detained by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, is under arrest pending extradition to New Jersey. It is stated that Lewis did not make any comments regarding the accusations against him. Also, it is unknown whether Lewis hired any lawyers to defend himself.
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