(Via KARK) The local U.S. Marshals Service has made an arrest in a double homicide cold case.
The killings didn’t happen in Arkansas but more than 14-hundred miles away in San Diego, California.
The lead investigator is sharing details about how Marlon Johnson was found in Maumelle.
It takes a lot of research to track down a suspect, and at times, the workload extends outside the Natural State.
“A lot of the cases that we take have to be of a violent nature,” explains Brent Troyer, with the U.S. Marshals Service Eastern Fugitive Taskforce.
The next call came in early July from San Diego about a crack in a cold case.
Police believe they knew the name of a man who shot and killed a father and son more than six years ago.
Troyer was assigned as lead investigator to help find the suspect, Marlon Johnson, 38, of Keo (Lonoke County).
“From our confidential source, we were able to discover he was working somewhere in Maumelle and honestly at that point, it was literally driving to different businesses,” Troyer continues.
Troyer and other investigators knew Johnson worked in warehouse or construction and scouted for a minivan Johnson was believed to be driving.
That car led U.S. Marshals to CLM Pallet Recycling where Johnson was a temporary worker for just one day.
“He was part of our cleaning crew for the day. On occasion we’ll get people from a temp service that are not our employees,” says Steven Klein, CLM Plant Manager, where they repair pallets for food services.
He says they’ll get people like Johnson to help for a day or even a week.
“I don’t know what type of background he had but, yeah, I mean, I never want any of my employees put in any type of danger,” adds Klein.
U.S. marshals arrested Johnson Monday afternoon in the parking lot.
“Quiet area. You would’ve never thought that you’ve had somebody like that at that type of location,” Troyer says.
Johnson is at the Pulaski County Jail waiting to be extradited back to California.