The man suspected of fatally shooting Zackery Jacob Chapman in Garberville on April 16 was staying with a relative when he was arrested in Arizona, officials said Tuesday, May 13.
U.S. Marshal Don O'Keefe was proud to announce the arrest of Benjamin Jasper Carter, 33, who was taken into custody at a residence in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, by members of the U.S. Marshals Service - led Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force.
Carter was wanted by the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office in connection with the shooting death of Zachery Chapman in Garberville on April 16.
Earlier this month, the Humboldt County Sheriffs Department and the U.S. Marshals Service in Eureka, developed information that Carter may have fled to Lake Havasu City and was hiding from authorities with family members. The U.S. Marshals Eureka office contacted the U.S. Marshals in Arizona and requested their assistance in locating Carter. At 5:30 p.m. on May 12th, Deputy U.S. Marshals and Lake Havasu City Police arrested Carter without incident at a residence on Kearse Drive in Lake Havasu City.
During Carter's arrest, Lake Havasu City Police Department detectives served a search warrant at the apartment on behalf of the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office. They located and seized marijuana and drug paraphernalia that was determined to belong to a woman living there, Sunny Harvey, 39, who the U.S. Marshals Service said is Carter's relative. She was cited and released at the scene pending her future appearance in court.
"The supervisor on the scene said everything went very smoothly, and there were no incidents while arresting him," Lake Havasu City Police Department's Sgt. Troy Stirling said. "Carter saw a judge here Tuesday morning. He is being kept in custody and was taken to the Mohave County Jail in Kingman, which is about an hour away. He'll stay there on a no bond hold pending extradition back to California."
Carter was being held at the Mohave County Jail in Kingman, Arizona awaiting extradition back to Humboldt County.
"The U.S. Marshals have had, and will continue to have, a strong relationship with our Northern California partner agencies," said U.S. Marshal Don O'Keefe, the United States Marshal for the Northern District of California. "Our established task forces across the county bring to these types of investigations the ability to track violent offenders both within California and across state lines. It is a resource that we will continue to make available to our state and local partners in an effort to bring these violent and dangerous individuals to justice."
To find information on fugitive's currently being sought by the U.S. Marshals in Northern California, or to submit a tip on the whereabouts of a fugitive, please visit: http://northerncaliforniamostwanted.org
The U.S. Marshals Service is the primary federal agency charged with conducting fugitive investigations throughout the United States. The U.S. Marshals Service regularly works in concert with other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to seek out and arrest violent fugitives and sex offenders, and has established task forces throughout the nation to facilitate the apprehension of fugitives.