A routine traffic stop for a seat belt violation led to the arrest of a man wanted in a homicide cold case in Arizona.
Junction City Police reported the arrest of Otis Clanton, 26, Junction City, on suspicion of being
a fugitive from justice. He is wanted on a homicide warrant from Maricopa County, Arizona.
Tim Brown, Police Chief, told JCPost.com that an Officer stopped Clanton in the 1100 Block of West 14th Street Wednesday afternoon for not wearing a seat belt. “During the stop we always run their name through the N.C.I.C., which is the national database for wanted individuals, and it turned out this individual was wanted in connection with a homicide that occurred in Maricopa County, Arizona in 2008 involving an individual that was shot.”
Brown went on to say that the arrest just shows that the system does work,” The fact that we were able to get somebody for murder when we weren’t even looking for him for something like that is incredible.”
Brown confirmed the fugitive from justice case involving Clanton will go before the Geary County District Court. Authorities from Maricopa County will have to file for a Governor’s warrant in Arizona, and have it delivered to Geary County to have Clanton extradited back to Arizona.