NEW BEDFORD — A New Bedford man was arrested in Virginia early this morning in connection to the Monday afternoon murder in the city's North End.

District Attorney Thomas Quinn announced that 59-year-old Alfonso Richards was arrested along I-95 in Stafford County, Virginia this morning after police could not locate the suspect in New Bedford.

Police sent out BOLOs to multiple interstate agencies on the suspicion that Richards had fled the state.

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Earlier this morning, Virginia State Police arrested Richards without incident on the interstate.
Charges listed on his arrest warrant involved assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, although the Bristol County District Attorney's Office said that charge is expected to be upgraded to murder.
According to the D.A.'s Office, it is unclear when the defendant will be taken back to Massachusetts to be arraigned.
Richards was arrested on suspicion of gunning down 23-year-old Naurik Michel-Brown of New Bedford at around 2:45 p.m. Monday.
First responders found the victim near the intersection of Ashley Boulevard and Belleville Road and rushed him to St. Luke's Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
The investigation remains ongoing.

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