The U.S. Marshals Service, along with
local law enforcement officers, captured accused homicide suspect Paul Michael Merhige at a
motel in the Florida Keys. Merhige was arrested without incident
when authorities received a tip after the story was profiled on "America's Most Wanted."
Merhige was added to the “15 Most Wanted” list of
fugitives on December 07, 2009 after he was suspected of killing four relatives Thanksgiving Day
in Jupiter, FL. Merhige allegedly opened fire on his family,
killing four people, including his twin sisters, one of whom was
pregnant, a 79-year-old aunt and a six-year-old cousin, and wounding
a brother-in-law and another man.
Merhige checked into the motel on
December 2nd under the name John Baca, and provided a fake address.
The 2007 Toyota Camry that he used to flee the scene was still in
his possession, but was hidden at the motel.
The capture brings an end to a
month-long manhunt that spanned across the country. "I'm elated that
the monster is in the cage," Jim Sitton, the father of the
6-year-old victim Makayla Sitton, told The Palm Beach Post. "We
don't have to worry about him killing my wife or coming back for my
father-in-law. It doesn't bring my daughter back, but at least this
chapter is over."
Merhige is currently being held
without bond on four (4) counts of murder.
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