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New Bedford Man Arrested in Virginia for Deadly Shooting of 23-Year-Old

Alfonso Richards, 59, fled Massachusetts after a deadly shooting in New Bedford on Monday


A 59-year-old man from New Bedford, Massachusetts, was arrested in Virginia early Tuesday morning in connection to a shooting that killed a 23-year-old man Monday afternoon.

New Bedford police found the 23-year-old, later identified as Naurik Michel-Brown, after responding to reports of a shooting near the intersection of Ashley Boulevard and Belleville Road around 2:45 p.m. Monday.

Michel-Brown was rushed to St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford, where he died from his injuries, the Bristol County District Attorney's Office said.

Authorities later lodged a warrant for the arrest of Alfonso Richards Monday night, but initial attempts to find him were unsuccessful. Officials believed he fled the state and sent out BOLO alerts to various interstate agencies.

By early Tuesday morning, Richards was arrested outside of Stafford County Virginia along I-95 by the Virginia State Police. 

The arrest warrant lodged Monday night initially involved a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, but the district attorney announced Wednesday night that charges had been upgraded against Richards to murder for the Aug. 9 shooting and killing of Michel-Brown in New Bedford.

Richards waived extradition in Virginia and is expected to be arraigned Thursday in New Bedford District Court. It's unclear if he has obtained an attorney.

New Bedford Police, Massachusetts State Police Detectives and the district attorney's office are actively investigating this as a homicide.

No further information was immediately available.

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