Tonga Police Say US Murder Suspect Arrested


Tonga police say US murder suspect arrested

WELLINGTON, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 04th Oct, 2016 ) - A US murder suspect who made a dramatic high-seas escape from Tonga after breaking out of custody was arrested in neighbouring American Samoa, police said Tuesday.

A Pacific-wide alert was issued for Dean Jay Fletcher last Thursday after he fled the island nation in his yacht pursued by a police launch.

Police located the 54-year-old in the open ocean but after a five-hour standoff had to let him go when he threatened to torch their small vessel using flares and fuel.